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Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

576 Highway 360, PO Box 69, Vonore, TN 37885
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Ranked #3 of 4 Attractions in Vonore
Type: Museums
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12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I attended the Great Island Festival. They had official cultural ambassadors of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation there dancing and doing demonstations. I feel the museum is very important to history but I feel it is lacking. I feel more authentic things used over the years by Indians should be displayed, even through the last 40 years. More education... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I grew up within one mile of this museum. I also have Cherokee ancestors. I frankly was bored. I've seen a lot of arrow heads and they are pretty much the same. Nothing there you can not find on line for free. Kids would not enjoy this at all.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Spent two hours at the museum. I was here primarily because of work, however, I had considered bringing my family with me. After spending time here, in its current state I would not recommend children. Much reading is required and attention would be lost quickly. Museum employees are wonderfully helpful and passionate about what they do, however, the faculties need... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Wonderful museum! There is a small fee to get in ,and a few machines out of order ,but other than that, it was wonderful!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

You really have to be a history buff to enjoy this museum I think. Not modern in it's presentation. Sequoyah was a remarkable person and important historical figure. The staff is passionate about interpreting him and his life, however, but children will tire quickly as a lot of reading required.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Throughout our travels in Cherokee country, we repeatedly heard Sequoyah described as a true genius of the 19th century and as one of the most important of any Native Americans from our country's history. He deserves much better with regard to commemoration. The museum is decades outdated with regard to every aspect of its displays. The video monitors and audio... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I had wanted to go for several years and finally had the opportunity. I knew it was a small regional museum, but it is extremely dated and very poorly executed. I love Cherokee history and hoped to learn something new about Sequoyah, but the design and layout is not conducive. The museum is very small and we counted 8, EIGHT!... More

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Loudon, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Much is known, written, and much is visited about the story of the Cherokee on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. But there is also a wonderful story of the Cherokee, and about Sequoyah himself to tell on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. Visit to learn about Sequoyah and his "gift" to language. And visit to be in... More

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Greenback, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Kinda pricey for what it is...IMO. It is still a good resource for Cherokee studies and to learn Chief Sequoyah's role in their history

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Kirksey, KY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The history is interesting. There is much information that you won't see any where else. The stained glass was once beautiful but several pieces are broken. The guidebook has little in it that isn't on the info cards in the museum.

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