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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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Tour Cade's Cove

Went on a 6 1/2 hour guided tour through Cade's Cove with tour guide, Mike Meldrum, from Great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nancy M
Knoxville, Tennessee
via mobile
Fantastic time in Townsend

My wife and I visited the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center one afternoon recently and had a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carl K
via mobile
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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center one afternoon recently and had a wonderful time! The museum is fascinating, and the outdoor exhibits are even better! The staff and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Carl K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has several indoor galleries as well as an outside walk through collection of typical buildings that would be found in a Mountain settlement, including houses, cantilever barns, a moonshine still, granary, church and printing office. The interpretive signs were succinct, but relayed some...More

Thank 0carolyn0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is well worth a visit. It has excellent displays and you can easily spend a few hours browsing. It's well worth the low admission rate and a great way to learn about the area's history.

Thank MountainRK
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped here one day as we were riding through. We were just looking for differ things to do(something new we'd never done on our visits to the smokies). It really surprised me once we got in the museum and grounds. Outside were differ old...More

Thank dasg23
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I visited last year and was pleased to see this year that they continues to add new exhibits and now concerts. This is a great center to visit and is such a bargain, it should not be missed. Lots of fun and informative exhibits and...More

Thank Tennessee50plus
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We watched Blue Mother Tupelo there and they really put on a great show. The atmosphere is so down-home and comfortable, we loved it. Watched the sun sink below the mountains, listening to some mellow music from the hills.

Thank FreeSpirit33527
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We always enjoy coming to the Heritage Center. This time, we brought our two oldest grandchildren, ages 6 and 3, for their first visit here. They especially enjoyed walking through the structures, listening to us read from the posted histories, and the Question/Answer boards. Even...More

1  Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

I never knew this place existed until this year. I was surprised to find that that they had relocated these historic buildings to simulate an early settlement. We loved walking through each building and getting a glimpse of how they must have lived years ago....More

1  Thank Craft715
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We loved this place! The museum (inside) is excellent, as are the historic buildings out back on the little trail. Plan on staying a long time and not rushing. There is a great gift shop. Staff people are VERY helpful, especially Lorna. She answered all...More

Thank gab131vic
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