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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-0044
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Ranked #9 of 19 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. The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain... more » 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. « less
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Seymour, Tennessee
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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DeLand, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

We all enjoyed the exhibits in the museum and narratives of early life. The buildings brought to the Heritage center from the surround areas, added to the whole experience. This is part of Cades Cove which is a lovely loop to drive nearby.

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Semmes, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The Heritage Center is well worth the stop and the few dollars it takes to walk through. Inside there is a museum with many fine exhibits, photographs and other items depicting life in the early years of Cades Cove and other mountain areas. Outside there are buildings form the era. One housed moonshine still, another was a typical home and... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Educational about the area,, and the native american inhabitants of long ago to present Nice museum, little gift shop, low admission price. Outside, there is a collection of various buildings,, some old cabins. Take a good look at what whole families used to live in way back!!

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

$6 for the tour, very nice museum. Many items to view. Even a village of buildings from early settlers in the region. Homeschoolers would really enjoy this.

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Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Exhibits were just the right length. Good overview of the areas history, both Native American and the settlers that came. I liked the exhibits on different types of housing, and the outdoor buildings. We saw everything there, and the kids (10 and 13) were engaged the whole time. Allow 1-1 1/2 hours.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Heritage Center was a great stop. The multiple buildings that have been relocated to the Center are impressive; as are the exhibits. A really fun stop on your way to the Great Smoky Mountains via Townsend.

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Boone, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This museum is really neat. We took our kids to see it and most of the experience was really enjoyable. In the museum is a kids playroom, and in the playroom is a Christmas tree with little ornaments.My children younger children were playing in the room with my husband and my 15 year old daughter. My 15 year old daughter... More

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Rome, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very informative and enjoyable. Easy to get to and did not required a lot of walking. Helped me appreciate the history of this area.

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