Cades Cove Museum

Cades Cove Museum, Maryville: Hours, Address, Cades Cove Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cades Cove Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,220 contributions
Feb 2019
I stop in every time they are open. New things in the gift shop all the time, especially maps. Spending a little cash here is a rewarding way to support the park. Super friendly staff, each and every time.
Written January 14, 2020
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Malia L
Sedona, AZ10 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
I became obsessed with Cades Cove after my first trip around the loop. If you’re like me and can’t get enough and want to know more of its history, don’t miss the chance to visit this museum.

Affiliated with the Cades Cove Preservation Association, they have very lovingly and artfully displayed collections that have been donated from families who formerly inhabited Cades Cove.

Here you’ll find the wood stove that kept the congregation warm at the Missionary Baptist Church, as well as the last cook stove used in Cades Cove.

I got there just a few minutes before their posted closing time at 3:00 pm on a Saturday. But when I walked in and met the Director, Gloria Motter, and Co-Director, Richard Anderson, they both assured me: "That's our guideline, but we're never in a hurry to get out of here, so you just look around as much as you want and feel free to ask questions."

Since Richard is a descendent of the Brown and Gregory families who once lived in the cove, here's a great chance for some first-hand knowledge of the cove and its former residents.
Written August 17, 2014
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cb1017
New Port Richey, FL23 contributions

This is a small museum set in an original house built in the 1700's. It is full of history from original wood floors to quilts, stoves, personal items and hand cut timbers in the ceiling. The hosts are descendants from original Cades Cove settlers and are full of information. Some of the trees out front are anywhere from 300 to 450 years old.
Written August 13, 2014
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Setrips
Nashville, TN2 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
On your way to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, stop at this little museum 1st. You will learn the history of the people and culture that was there before the park was formed. Everything in the museum came from the people that lived there. There are original artifacts, antiques, books and stories about the people who lived there. Gloria and Richard are great hosts and are very knowledgeable.
Written September 13, 2014
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mapperman
Maryville, TN2 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
If you are interested in the Cultural settlement history of the Cades Cove section of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, this is the place to get the information. Plenty of artifacts and stories of the Cove.
Written August 6, 2014
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shadowaero
81 contributions
Don't miss this important part of history. Mr. Brown graciously opened the museum on his day off for us. He was so knowledgeable and compassionate about Cades Cove and the museum. Of course he is a descendant from Cades Cove.
The museum is free. They do accept donations and have ask $15 for a years membership. They sell dvds, tshirts, maps, calendars so don't go empty handed. They also have a ramp for the handicap and if you need to sit down there is always the back porch which is covered. They are closed on Monday, Tuesday and Sundays. They are located right across from Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, TN.
Written August 4, 2014
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Timothy W
Inman, SC2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We found this museum online as a nearby activity while on our anniversary trip to Knoxville Tennessee. The museum attendees were very knowledgeable about the Cades Cove history and they were very passionate about their history.
Written July 10, 2018
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C5481QJjudym
Maryville, TN34 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
If you like going around Cades Cove Loop Road you need to stop here, before or after doesn't matter. So much history of the cove , the people, their way of living, farm life and so much more. I love the cove and learning about the times people where there, this is a great place to start I your history lesson. My grandparents and mother were born and raised there so the cove has a special place in my heart. Everyone should appreciate this time in history as the museum does.
Written March 11, 2018
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fektiongirl1
Maryville, MO91 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
I love Cades Cove and I am not alone as it is one of the most popular designations in the Smokies. I am also a descendant from people who lived in the cove so this museum is important to me. The museum is quite small but packed with items and pictures of those who lived in Cades Cove. The volunteers there are wonderful. Be sure to check and see if you can stop by for one of their events as well. They do play host to some Civil War living history from time to time. DVDs are also available for sale. So if you have sometime go. Check online first as hours of operation can be a bit out of the norm. My only real complaint would be that I just wish the place was a little bigger.
Written June 3, 2015
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Kathy S
Walworth, WI286 contributions
Sep 2020
Many artifacts on display to show a difficult but happy way of life. Don't miss it to learn about the area.
Written September 22, 2020
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