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“Back in History”

Museum of Appalachia
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Clinton
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Back in History”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

The Museum of Appalachia is a step back into history. The museum is open year round, but the absolute best time to visit is in October. They have demonstrations of making molasses, country music singers, and lots of locals show off their talents.

Visited October 2012
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Raymond
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“Exceptional Cultural Experience”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stopped here on our way to somewhere else, as it seems to go on long trips. We had no information and we had not researched this place, but it was one of those rare and enchanting encounters with regional authenticity---a cultural gift. The grounds are about 60 acres and there is a well-planned gravel walking tour of a significant number or hand-hewn and built authentic buildings that were moved to this site, having been acquired from around the region. The lawns were expansive and beautiful, with roaming peacocks and a few sheep. But it is the exceptional cultural museum experience that will really get you in your gut. The museum is an eclectic multi-roomed experience of Appalacian folk art, tools, musical instruments, cultural interests---all laid out in large rooms with simple, hand-written descriptions if their origins. There is an intimacy about this place and about seeing these small and meaningful family items and things. After you work your way through, you can buy a cold soda and step up onto the long porch, find a rocking chair and rest awhile. It will take your breath way to visiti this beautiful place.

Visited April 2013
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States
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“A trip back in time”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

The temperature was 35 degrees but the fire inside the reception center was warm & comforting. We took advantage of the Senior Citizen discount, bought our tickets, and wandered through the self-guided tour of the buildings and grounds. After completing the tour, we sat in front of the fire and had our lunch at the small café with home-made soup and cornbread. We could have stayed longer on the tour to read the fascinating signs and see the exhibits, but the buildings are unheated and it was simply too cold to linger for very long. We're planning to return on another trip to continue our trip back through time.

Visited March 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Visit in October!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

This museum is open throughout the year, but the absolute best time to visit is in October. Many vendors will be there for a few short days taking you back to the "good ole days". Taste, smell, see, and hear Appalachian living as you go back in time touring the old barns, cabins, buildings, fields, clothing, and visiting locals making cornbread and other goodies, and visit the gift shop on your way out. Take home cookbooks and other goodies. This is a wonderful history lesson for students and many schools will bus their students out in the fall to observe the fall festival on field trips. Definitely a family friendly environment and experience for all. If you are coming to Tennessee in the Autumn months, you must visit the Appalachian museum.

Visited October 2012
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“Must see”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We visited in December of 2012. What a fun and interesting place. There is so much history to be discovered at the wonderful spot. We have family near by and plan to make this a yearly stop. If you are in the Knoxville area you will not be disappointed when you visit. While there stop and have some lunch . We hear the food is delicious. Have not eaten there yet but my family raves about the meals.

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