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The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

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Address: US 321, Townsend, TN
Phone Number: 8656610170
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A step back into the past

What an interesting place. While not handicap friendly for wheelchairs and scooters, it more than made up for it in information. The docent was extremely knowledgeable about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an interesting place. While not handicap friendly for wheelchairs and scooters, it more than made up for it in information. The docent was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the lumber company as well as the Shay locomotive history in Townsend. The photos and captions did an excellent job of portraying what it was like all those years ago.... More 

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Mount Vernon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed looking at all of the historical information, pictures, and such in the museum. It was very nice.

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Loudon, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A free attraction with a knowledgeable docent. Great information on the history of Townsend and the logging industry in the Smoky Mountains. There is a Shay engine and other train related machinery on display outside of the museum building. It's worth a visit. They also have a gift shop with some nice related things to buy,

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanting to avoid the traffic and bustle of Gatlinburg, we took some secondary highways through Townsend and stumbled across this place, Had no idea it was here but we couldn't miss the water tower and the train engine on the lot. The train engine is like one I've never seen before. The volunteer that was working the gift shop and... More 

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nicely displayed in chronological order with pictures and text. The only complaint is it is in an old building so there is mold which I am highly allergic to.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Imy wife and I visited here earlier today with my parents on a trip. My dad was really looking forward to to seeing the museum and we went out of our way to visit it. We looked around took pictures of the Shay engine and other items on display but the museum itself was nit supposed to open until 1:00.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend loves steam engines and I knew immediately after I saw the one out front we were going there. It's Self guided with lots of pictures with captions. The man working in the gift shop was very friendly and informative. There was a friendly old dog that greeted us when we walked up, his name is Zeek. Very homey... More 

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Seymour, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, not "much" of a museum as we would expect but a little history of the area. There is an original steam engine and some other cars at the site but not operational. This is the RR that was used to haul lumber out of the Smokies before it was a park. Enjoy

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Thank Gene H
Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This is a small area that you find yourself spending some time at. Small museum will give you some history of Townsend. Also, will give you some great pics at the engine. It's a very pleasant stop. Spend a little or a lot of time. You decide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This little museum is on the site where history was made. The railroad that once operated here served the logging company that clear cut the mountains and stimulated the interest in forming the national park that we now know as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no admission charge for the museum, gift shop, or engine maintenance shed.... More 

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