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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region. The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is to preserve, protect and promote the unique history and rich culture of the residents and Native Americans who inhabited the East Tennessee mountain communities that were incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surroundings. The Heritage Center is located on a five acre site along state highway 73 in Townsend, Tennessee.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Live Bluegrass in a gorgeous mountain sitting! This center shows the way of life in the Appalachian area. So nice to have seen these buildings and even an old moonshine still! Nicest gift selection in the area. Must see & do.

Thank P G
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

For only 6 dollars a person, or less depending on age, you can have a very interesting and fun trip into Smoky Mountain past. There is a 20 minute movie that runs continuiously taking you to the history of the Smoky Mountains. It was so interesting to see how life was back then. Then you can take a trip into the past in the museum seeing all the things that made the settlers life what it was. My favorite part was the outside area where they have old buildings set up in almost a little village, where you could see how people lived in thier homes, a blacksmith shop and cantilever barns they used for their livestock and hay. It really is a great attraction for the family, it's a cheap way to spend a few hours, and fun to see the history of the people from long ago.

Thank Michelle F
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

The welcome centre/museum provides good background information on how life has been in the area from the time of the first settlers to present. Volunteer guides took us to visit the relocated buildings on the property. We were shown how cornbread used to be made and how folks used build their houses churches etc. More exhibits are present in the museum behind the gift shop. Allow an hour or two to see the sights.

Thank maltyone
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

You can spend several hours at the museum. There is a lot of history about the area and the Native Americans that once lived there. The gift shop has unique items like the little fat bear candle I bought. There are displays inside including many donated items. Outside there are several buildings that you can tour and enjoy the peaceful mountain air. It is worth the visit and less crowded than some of the other museums in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. It truly si the peaceful side of the Smokies.

2  Thank crystalm37
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We stopped here to see the gift shop and almost didn't bother going into the museum area. It turned out there is an outdoor area behind the building with historic old houses, a church, and barn to see. Inside there is a 30 minute film that runs continuously giving some history of the Smoky Mountains and the people of Cades Cove. Also there are some displays of Indian artifacts and more historical information. Well worth a visit.

Thank greenheron54
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