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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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Description: A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of...
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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I visit the smoky mtns often and this was my first visit to the heritage center there is a small fee to enter but it is well worth it inside is a small gift shop proceed to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Reisterstown, Maryland
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Reisterstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I visit the smoky mtns often and this was my first visit to the heritage center there is a small fee to enter but it is well worth it inside is a small gift shop proceed to the museum in the back and you will find countless artifacts most of the exhibits feature original artifacts photos are allowed you will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful learning center. Small museum loaded with info. Nice gift shop with lots of craft items. They have numerous events. We love the "Woodcarvers"event that takes place in the fall. Tours of Cades Cove leave from this area. They also have numerous craft and music related events. If in the Townsend area be sure to stop here.

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Versailles, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is an informative and interesting little museum. If you don't know the history of the area it's a must see,but if you do you may want to skip it unless you want to stay in the local area to do stuff. It's a bit pricey for what is available to see, but things do seem to continue to raise... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I stopped here on my way to Cades Cove, but I didn't go inside when I heard it cost money. A man coming out said it would make my visit to Cades Cove more meaningful, but I was in a hurry. Cad's Cove did not take me as long as I thought, so I stopped in after I finished there.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Awesome place to take Family and friends. Our family has a lot of history in the cove so it was nice to see how well each thing has been preserved and taken care of. Staff is very friendly the small tour our back is a must for everyone. Inexpensive side attraction well worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We visited this heritage center which has lots of different historical artifacts from the local and surrounding areas. My family and I spent a couple of hours here absorbing the pleasant ambiance of a bygone era. Definitely worth your time if you are interested in history.

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Monroe, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

you may as well call it a visitors center. a few artifacts hardly make this a museum. they sell all the sovenier stuff as well, t-shirts, mugs, artwork etc

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

As a local, I have experienced the GSMHC in multiple ways. I have served as a chaperone one my kids school trips. They loved to churn butter and see how life "used to work." I have also attened their many excellent programs including their weekend concerts. Take a visit on your way into or out of GSMNP from Townsend. It's... More 

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Townsend, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

There is a lot of variety in this wonderful museum and entertainment on Friday or Saturday nights in the summer. It is well worth the time and multiple trips to see and learn!! If you have small children, you may want to wait a few years because it is not the kind of place you can just speed through.

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I visited this place last summer and forgot to put my review in, we were lucky to come during a native american music festival, it was really nice. The building a here are all original from different parts of the state, it has signs with information of each building. Also inside is a small museum.

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