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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
Phone Number: 865-448-0044
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Ranked #6 of 21 Attractions in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Cleveland, Tennessee
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133 reviews 133 reviews
37 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was our first time visiting. We were there for a little over an hour. I believe my kids would have liked to stay longer. They really enjoyed the pottery simulation activity and the "Chunky" game on another computer. We used this as a homeschool field trip on our way to Gatlinburg. It was laid out very well...orderly, concise and... More 

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Lake City, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Probably the best part was the little town set up they had. Stuff for all ages to enjoy- we had 60 down to 21 looking around. Also, you're very close to the park and places to eat for a full day event!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Walking through the Heritage Center gives us a feel for life in the mountains long ago. We enjoy the exhibits and information about local families and history. The wonderful staff and volunteers make the experience even more special. We recommend joining the Association.

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Severn, Maryland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I stopped in here on a Monday, after I had taken the Cades Cove Loop in the National Park. I'm glad I timed it as I did. The video presentation (about 20 minutes) at the beginning of the tour takes you through the local history of Cades Cove, and the surrounding area. In the video you will see a lot... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Just down the parkway toward Townsend, a welcome stop for even those who have been to these mountains before.

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Herrin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is the second time I have visited the Center (or I should say we tried to visit). The Center is such a good place to get an overview of the history of the area and watch a movie about the origin of Townsend as a town. However, this time, we arrived too late to tour all of it. And,... More 

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Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

They have extra events almost every weekend, and the recent woodcarvers show was outstanding. We had trouble finding enough time to visit, but are very glad we did. If you are new to the mountains, this is a must-see.

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Sebastian, Florida
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451 reviews 451 reviews
172 attraction reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you're anywhere close by, don't miss the chance to see this wonderful place. It's so well done and nicely kept. After your visit, you'll have a much better understanding of the area and it's people. The staff is very helpful and informative, and will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. Don't just drive through the... More 

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Seymour, Tennessee
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

As their name suggests, Heritage Center, this is a one stop in the GSMP area to learn about the history of the area. The American Indian Museum is a self guided tour thru time and how this valley location was an important place for our native people. If you are in the Townsend area on the east side of GSMP,... More 

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Houma, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Lots of materials about the park and I've attended two of their special programs. It's fun to walk around and visit the locals. I was really surprised how many locals were participating in the craft sessions. Every one was so friendly and helpful - staff is primarily volunteers.

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