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The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

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Address: US 321, Townsend, TN

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April Getaway

A quaint little exhibit of the railroad and lumber company. We were unable to visit the museum because it was only open on Saturday and Sundays, However we did enjoy walking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Rockwell NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A quaint little exhibit of the railroad and lumber company. We were unable to visit the museum because it was only open on Saturday and Sundays, However we did enjoy walking around the yard and reading the plaques and peering through the museum windows.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

If you haven't been to The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, then I highly recommend it. It's full of history and the old equipment used. It's free so stop by and take a look and read up on some of the history of the town and mountains.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This little place is chocked full of great pics, stories, maps, & small artifacts that teach us what a huge role lumber played in early commerce of Appalachia and how it eventually helped define the need for Smoky Mtn. Natl. Park to preserve as much as possible. It's remarkable how resourceful people were when they made the tools to build... More 

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Converse, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was a nice surprise visit. It is a great representation of the economic development of this area. Nicely arranged. Interesting artifacts. Supported by grants based upon the number of visitors. Admission is free and well worth the time.

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Omaha
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I have to agree with jslyPensacola. Based on the description, our tour guide had to be Jackie. She definitely made Townsend come to life. I had no idea about the history of logging and trains in the area or the history of Townsend. She had us turning around and looking out the windows so we could envision the vantage point... More 

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Pensacola
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is a stop that looks like a train parked in front of an old building. Inside that old building is a trip to another world. Jackie, the tour guide, will escort you to the beginning of the town of Townsend. She is magical and uses beautiful photographs as props and leaves you believing you were there. Her knowledge of... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We visited this site today. It took us longer to get there from Pigeon Forge than it took us to tour the museum. I realize it is a volunteer organization but there were many artifacts from the railroad and mining companies that were laying around on the floor unlabeled. It would be nice if the volunteers had some time when... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Really interesting place with local history, some great old photos and it's free! They do accept donations and there is a knowledgeable volunteer on site.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Stop by if you are interested on the impact of trains in this area's development. Take,thirty minutes to look and read and talk to the friendly staff. Entrance is free. Occasionally they fire up one of the engines and that was quite interesting to see. It is a great place to stretch your legs and have a nice time.

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Gatlinburg
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92 reviews 92 reviews
58 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Really cool place and free, you can climb on the train and lots of old equipment it is a really cool little museum

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