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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-0044
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Ranked #10 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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Semmes, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Tupelo, Mississippi
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

So glad this museum was recommended to us by the young lady at the visitor's center in Townsend. The video was very informative and just the right length. The exhibits are interesting and the reconstructed village is excellent. We had spent the morning hiking and visiting places along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail and visiting this museum afterwards made for... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Take some time to spend at the Heritage Center, Check to see when they have special activities for both the young and old. Time spend is not wasted even if the kids think it is.

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Lithia, FL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The museum and video were very informative about the way of life for the people in the area. We were there on a very quiet day and had the place to ourselves. The buildings out back were interesting but it would have been nice to have guides to answer questions and give a more in-depth explanation of tools etc used... More

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