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Address: US 321, Townsend, TN
Phone Number: 8656610170
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Well worth the time

I learned so much about the history of logging and railroads in the townsend area. The photography in the museum is excellent. This place really gives you an appreciation for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015
Chad F
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Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered this museum while coming back from Cades Cove. Unfortunately the museum was closed, but the outside exhibits were still accessible, and the signs were informative regarding the history of railroads and the lumber industry.

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Thank Robert S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I learned so much about the history of logging and railroads in the townsend area. The photography in the museum is excellent. This place really gives you an appreciation for townsend beyond what it offers today. Very friendly and knowledgable staff.

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Thank Chad F
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I'm so glad we stopped!! If your truly interested in the history of the area and The Smokey Moutains, stop in and look at the train museum. It's a free museum, donation suggested. The gentleman at the desk was very informative. But the gem was stopping to read the stories and information it made the people in the pictures come... More 

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Kentucky
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

If you are in the area, you need to stop here. The museum is free. There is a lot of interesting things to see about Townsend and its history. There was a lady (Jackie) that worked there who was very knowledgeable about the museum.

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Thank geekster
Nashville, Tennessee
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95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I have for years wanted to visit the Little River RR museum but every time we were in Townsend we seemed to have come after it was closed for the season. I am very happy to have finally caught them open. The museum includes a few outdoor exhibits that can be seen at any time and then a three room... More 

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Texas
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126 reviews
68 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The museum here is quite small. It is a tribute to the days of railroads, and if you are a buff, do visit. I visited once and once was definitely enough for me. You can see an engine up close, located on Hwy 321 just as you enter Townsend from the west. The museum has been here for many years.... More 

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Thank woodlandartist
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

The museum is interesting and very well laid out. The exhibits are attractive and educational. It tells an important part of East Tennessee history and depicts life before the National Park was created.

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Thank thewrite1
Oakfield, Tennessee, United States
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Small FREE railroad museum. Liked by all! Sweet piece of history of the GSMNP and the surrounding area.

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Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stopped in here a few years back and thought it would be nice to revisit with our toddlers, who love trains. The employee at the museum welcomed us and told us the kids could ring the bell in the Walland depot and clink the railroad spikes together to make noise. He also told us all about the train out... More 

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MANKATO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This small museum is nice for railroad buffs interesting in the history of logging in the Smokies. Townsend is a nice small town, close to Cades Cove.

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