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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

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Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
Phone Number: 18654480044
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the...

A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region.

  The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is to preserve, protect and promote the unique history and rich culture of the residents and Native Americans who inhabited the East Tennessee mountain communities that were incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surroundings.

The Heritage Center is located on a five acre site along state highway 73 in Townsend, Tennessee.

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This center has been here several years and has several restored pioneer buildings and home and farm furnishings. The self guided tour is one where you can take as much time as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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226 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This center has been here several years and has several restored pioneer buildings and home and farm furnishings. The self guided tour is one where you can take as much time as you want and they have information folks along the way in some of the buildings. They have a web site and full list of events that take place... More 

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Townsend, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buildings, music events, Programs. Too many to tell you just have to go and go often. Future plans include display of early park history.

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Thank 7459chef
Clemson, SC
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This place is simply amazing especially for educating children on the lives of the pioneers in the Smokey Mountains. The staff is fabulous and anxious to answer questions.

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Thank 1Dolores1
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52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

This was our first stop here after many trips to the mountains. Our kids really enjoyed that the cabins were open and could be walked in. Very informative of life in the area before and up to the establishment of the national park. Just the right size for a couple hour visit.

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Thank OleMissTravel
Kentucky
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Enjoyed the museum and lay out of the small town. Well worth the $5-$7 per person. Lots of informative and interesting history about Townsend and the Smoky Mountains. Very clean and well laid out. Spent 3 hours reading all of the information and exploring the grounds. We all enjoyed seeing things that reminded us of how people used to live.

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice place to visit for folks interested in the history of the area . There are original buildings from the 1800's that have been moved to the site including a church, cabins, barns, a blacksmith and wheelwright shop. The path around the buildings is gravel and outdoors - so be aware of that. Inside there is a... More 

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Iowa
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

While we did not take advantage of the museum ($7 Adult entrance fee), this was a nicely built facility with lodge-feel. It has a gift shop inside and a good place to look around a little and stretch you legs. There was an amazing photograph of a mother bear with two cubs (climbing a tree) hanging on the wall along... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The buildings at the museum were very interesting. It brings back how the mountain people lived years ago. The first exhibit on transportation set the tone and the short film was appreciated I dint care too much for the Native American exhibit. It is worth the time.

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Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

If you don't want to tour the center, the gift shop is great. Small fee ($6.00) to tour the center. Offers a tour bus to Cades Cove ($15.00) if you don't want to drive in the heavy traffic.

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Maryville
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Great and knowledgeable guides but limited exhibits. I am glad I went, but also glad it wasn't my only destination for the day.

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