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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 15 December 2013

This center has a very informative museum along with a video of the local history and the folks who settled the area. Included with the admission to the museum is an interperative trail where they have preserved many original structures built by the early inhabitants including a stage stop, church, log cabin, saw mill and more.

Thank Allen B
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"nice museum"
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"great exhibits"
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We surprised ourselves by spending 2 hours in here without even realizing it. The posted information was written in a manner which compelled us to read nearly everything. We learned a lot more about this area than we expected to. Definitely a place to go to get away from the Gatlingurg crowds. Don't forget to ask for senior citizen discount.

1  Thank cflum
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Inside there is a transport section, and an anthropological section, detailing the history of the area since primitive times. I watched a video of the Great Smoky Mountains too.
But the highlights are the cabins outside in the garden behind the museum, showing how people lived in the 19th century in the Smokey Mountains. There is even an outside toilet to let us know what conditions were like, a barn, a sawing mill and other buildings.

2  Thank levado656
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

The Center has some terrific exhibits, both inside and out. In addition, they have a lot of community events tourists can participate in: blue grass concerts on Fridays for example. Outdoor theatre-bench style seating so bring a blanket and snuggle up!

Thank AltaiMom
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

awesome exhibits,wide selection of books..Everything is open here even with the shutdown..come and see this..you will be glad you did!

Thank Jim M
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