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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-0044
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Ranked #8 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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421 reviews 421 reviews
157 attraction reviews
330 helpful votes 330 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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33 reviews 33 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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