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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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Get a crash course on how lumber defined the area.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Ken S
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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10 reviews 10 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Macomb, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place had the friendliest most knowledgeable volunteer! If you want to know about local history stop here. It is completely free! Donations of course are accepted, but this is a great little museum.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

First of all I want to thank Mike at the Museum for allowing us to look around. He was just getting ready to lock up when we walked in. He insisted we go ahead and look around and opened everything back up. This is a great place to spend about 45 mins to an hour especially if you like the... More 

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