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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 very nice museum

This was our second time at the museum. We were here five years ago with my four boys. They loved it then and loved it even more today! It is free, but they do accept donations... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time at the museum. We were here five years ago with my four boys. They loved it then and loved it even more today! It is free, but they do accept donations. The logging and railroad history of the Smokies is so intriguing! Lots to see and read. The gift shop is very cute and full... More 

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Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum is packed with history and artifacts. If you want to know anything about the area, stop here. Also, if you are into trains or mountain history, you can't afford to miss this. Admission is free, which makes it a great way to save money on your trip and still have fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a free museum that shows the history of logging railroads in and towns in the area. It also covers some of the history on the park.

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Athens, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice, small but very informative museum on the history of The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company and to some degree the history of the city of Townsend which would not have existed without it. Lots of pictures with captions, tools, hardware and more inside with a Shay (gear driven) locomotive and a few other large railroad... More 

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Armuchee, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum is not big but is interesting. There is no cost to go in, but they do take donations. There is a little gift shop as well with shirts, pens, and souvenirs. Out side is a steam locamotive with stairs attached so you can look inside and take your picture as well.

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Railroads were the heart of every logging community. In areas with steep grades traditional railroad engines had a hard time moving through the mountains. The Shea change all of that, you rarely see a Shea engine on display, it's a piece of history that many people do not know about including railroad buffs. The little river railroad company is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 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 July 11, 2016

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 July 8, 2016

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 July 4, 2016

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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