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The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

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Address: US 321, Townsend, TN
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Price is right for small museum

Free museum building was still closed for season but we were able to wander around the grounds and look at all the rolling stock and equipment. We wanted to be sure to see this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Marion
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639 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free museum building was still closed for season but we were able to wander around the grounds and look at all the rolling stock and equipment. We wanted to be sure to see this place because it was such important part of the history of the area and was a part of the reason for establishing the park. Feel free... More 

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georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were driving through Townsend and thought that this museum would be an interesting short stop. It is...for about fifteen minutes. I had checked online and saw that it would be open on a Saturday. However when we arrived no one was there. We were able to look at the outside exhibits and those were explained adequately. It would have... More 

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Festus, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This doesn't look like much from the highway. It has a Shay locomotive out front and you can't hardly see the small museum behind it. I would definitely recommend stopping in and learning the history of logging in the area. The lady who was at the museum was wonderful! She knew the history of the area and was very enjoyable... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The volunteer docent at this little gem was quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed hearing her synopsis as we browsed the exhibits. We especially appreciated seeing how the logging/lumbering/railroading provided jobs for the locals and eventually lead to the establishment of the park.

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Jerusalem
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This small, lovely museum offers an intimate and interesting window into life in an earlier era. kids (and kids-at-heart) can climb all over an old steam engine and everyone can learn a ton about railroads in general, with many interesting exhibits dealing with its history, how it works, how it's built etc. The museum also offers insights into life in... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

This was our second time at the museum. We were here five years ago with my four boys. They loved it then and loved it even more today! It is free, but they do accept donations. The logging and railroad history of the Smokies is so intriguing! Lots to see and read. The gift shop is very cute and full... More 

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Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This small museum is packed with history and artifacts. If you want to know anything about the area, stop here. Also, if you are into trains or mountain history, you can't afford to miss this. Admission is free, which makes it a great way to save money on your trip and still have fun.

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Thank ckincaiddu
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is a free museum that shows the history of logging railroads in and towns in the area. It also covers some of the history on the park.

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Athens, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 923 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is a nice, small but very informative museum on the history of The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company and to some degree the history of the city of Townsend which would not have existed without it. Lots of pictures with captions, tools, hardware and more inside with a Shay (gear driven) locomotive and a few other large railroad... More 

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Armuchee, Georgia
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Museum is not big but is interesting. There is no cost to go in, but they do take donations. There is a little gift shop as well with shirts, pens, and souvenirs. Out side is a steam locamotive with stairs attached so you can look inside and take your picture as well.

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