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“The signs worked!”

Museum of Appalachia
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Clinton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum--a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind. Roam the 65-acre complex and experience a recreated Appalachian community complete with: -36 authentic log structures (including Mark Twain's Family Cabin) -Farm animals -Over 250,000 artifacts in 3 buildings, with vast collections of folk art, music memorabilia, baskets, quilts, Native American artifacts, and much more. The Museum hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including Sheep Shearing Days, July 4th Anvil Shoot, "Days of the Pioneer" Antique Show, and A Candlelight Christmas.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

So, on our way back from Gatlinburg, we got sucked in by the signs along the side of the highway. We really had no idea what this place was but we decided to check it out. The place ended up being really cool. The museum is actually spread out along 36 different stops a walking tour through the property. I really enjoyed the indoor display museum. The stories were fascinating. I was surprised to see so many peacocks on the property.

1  Thank Shyla M M
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a unique musuem has both huge indoor displays and a walking tour with 36 stops including many old buildings. The main indoor museum (stop #4 on the tour) has so many displays that you could spend hours there. Most of the displays have a placard telling the significance of the item, how, from whom and when it was acquired and in some cases the cost. What is so interesting is that most all of these are written in the first person by the founder, so it's as if he were telling you about the item. There is everything from indian artifacts to a large number of musical instruments. There are displays from many different trades from blacksmith to undertaker. This is a 2 story building and there is something that will interest everyone. Besides this building, there were two more two story buildings with extensive displays.
Other stops include an old school, a church, a mill, several old homes giving a view of life in early Applalchia. There are gardens, and animals outdoors. Peacocks are plentiful and roam the grounds freely.
This is a very interesting musuem and well worth your time. You should allow 4 to 6 hours for you visit.

Thank Ken H
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I've been to the Museum of Appalachia twice now, and am looking forward to going back again. It's great to visit any time of the year, but do check their website for upcoming events. I attended the Fall Homecoming in October 2012, and had a terrific time. There were five stages of music, as well as several folks performing crafts, food vendors, craft vendors, etc. Explore the various buildings too. If you've never tried true sassafras tea, you can do so here. I purchased a three-day pass and was glad I did - as there was so much to take in and enjoy. Seating can be somewhat limited, so you may consider bringing a small portable seat / chair with you. CDs are avaialble for purchase, when you run across a perfomer you like (I bought several). There are several hotels in the area, but reserve early if you are going to be visiting during one of the museum's key events. They have a lot of free parking on site.

Thank K M
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We spent a wonderful day at the Museum of Appalachia. The museum is laid out as a farm or hamlet might have been when the pioneers settled and raised families in the Appalachia region. It was interesting to view the extensive collection of items that were necessary for everyday life and survival. We could walk around the farm and learn what life was like in the nineteenth Century. There were farm animals roaming and some very boisterous peacocks had the run of the farm. The architecture of the various houses that had been moved to the museum as part of the village were interesting and had their own stories to tell.

We had lunch at the cafe located on site which served homemade southern style foods. It was homey and the food was very good. Although there were not many visitors to the museum the day we were there the cafe was quite busy. Local folks were having lunch there as well. The museum also had a very nice gift shop with a range of country style items including books, music, food, and handmade pottery and accessories made in the USA.

The museum is a terrific activity for adults and families. It has room to roam and enjoy the out of doors. We did not attend a special event but if I lived in the area I would be sure to check them out!

Thank Susan T
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

This was wonderful. Great place. Well kept and the grounds are beautiful. Staff there are so friendly...hope to go again sometime.

1  Thank carney261
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