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“A must stop to understand the cutural heritage of the area - Do not skip it!”

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Ranked #7 of 32 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.
Chester, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A must stop to understand the cutural heritage of the area - Do not skip it!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Upon leaving Cades Cove, we saw the Great Smokey Mountain Heritage Center and decided to stop in. Wished we had seen it going into Cades Cove first. They have a small fee, but it very much the price. The first thing to do is see the orientation film about the area, then visit the galleries, and then spend time viewing the buildings on the grounds. Kid friendly.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“This a very interesting slice of life in the per park.”
Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

My family loves history. We missed this attraction the first time in Townsend. You get a real sense of how life was there. The importance of the railroad, the towns and the land. Besides the artifacts and displays inside there is a nice collection of buildings.

Visited June 2013
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Springfield, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
869 reviews
563 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 677 helpful votes
“Worthy of a visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

For $3, this nice indoor/outdoor museum is worth a visit to learn about the history of the smoky mountains from the earliest times, to the settlers, the building of the roads and the creation of the park. There are a lot of original buildings outside that were donated to the museum by families in the area. In the summer, there are live concerts in the outside arena and lots of activities during the various arts and crafts festivals held throughout the year. The indoor museum tells the history of the earliest natives in the area and has various log cabin, schoolhouse and other exhibits. The transportation exhibit, also inside, tells the history of building roads into this very inaccessible region of Tennessee. Great for families and individuals as well. A nice gift shop with some local crafts is at the entrance.

Visited July 2013
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Mason, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to get a historical overview”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Loved the displays and exhibits. Very friendly for upper-grade school kids who can read, as well as the rest of us. Coupon in local flyers to get $3/person entrance. Well worth it.

Visited June 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Awesome venue for live music.”
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.

Visited June 2013
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