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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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Anyone visiting the area should not miss the heritage center! The outside exhibits provide such a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cathy W
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McKinney, Texas
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Great intro to the area!

The Heritage Center will give a great background for the many cultures and people who were the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
U8547GMlindaw
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Amarillo, United States
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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.
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  • Average4%
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123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
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"native americans"
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"indoor exhibits"
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"several buildings"
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"mountain life"
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"early settlers"
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"cades cove"
in 19 reviews
"great concert"
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"short film"
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"transportation exhibit"
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"lived years ago"
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"discount coupon"
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"historical museum"
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"excellent displays"
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"small fee to enter"
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"worth the admission price"
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"arts and crafts"
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"nice place to visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anyone visiting the area should not miss the heritage center! The outside exhibits provide such a clear picture of Appalachian life. The galleries have great exhibits—including Native American relics found in the area. The gift shop has some nice treats, and the whole experience is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Heritage Center will give a great background for the many cultures and people who were the earliest inhabitants of this area: Native American, Early Settlers, and Modern Man. The historical buildings have relatable interpretive information. The interior exhibits were well organized and offered a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worth stopping here before you visit Cade's Cove to increase your understanding of this area of Tennessee.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The heritage center has great outdoor exhibits which include original structures from the Smokies. The indoor portion was very informative and had some interactive displays my 15 year old son really enjoyed. We wish we'd come here before we did the Cade Cove loop in...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved our visit. The outdoor exhibit consists of many different buildings and you are permitted to interact with the items displayed in the cabin and to ring the church bell. Our two small children loved being outdoors and playing pretend in the cabin....More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This park is great to drive to, great views of the mountains and river running alongside the road. Cades Cove drive is busy, but worth seeing and has places to spot and hike around.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

I liked the mix of pre-park history inside as well as the great collection of buildings outside. Although, if there was a map of the buildings I missed it and it would have been helpful because I did feel like I wandered around trying to...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

I enjoyed this site. A lot in a small area. They have several houses, a section about the national park, transportation area and a small museum about the Indians that use to inhabit the area. All of this was awesome. This should be seen as...More

Thank tinkerbsb
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

The Heritage Center was well worth the visit. The inside buildings were well layer out and very interesting, and the outside buildings even better! We loved it! They also have a very nice gift shop and friendly helpful staff.

Thank Vicky k
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Went on a 6 1/2 hour guided tour through Cade's Cove with tour guide, Mike Meldrum, from Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Very informative and fun tour. Mike was a long time park ranger, retired now doing volunteer work for the Heritage Center. Such a...More

Thank Nancy M
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