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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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I visited last year and was pleased to see this year that they continues to add new exhibits and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Springfield, Tennessee
Great concert!

We watched Blue Mother Tupelo there and they really put on a great show. The atmosphere is so... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Longmont, Colorado
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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 3 days ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 11 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
Reviewed 25 May 2017

If you are a Smoky Mtn buff, then this place is for you, very good displays inside, and many outside including old buildings and a church, 1st of all go to the Townsend Visitor Center and get a coupon that gets you in here at...More

Thank 3geetars
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We have been members of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center for about 5 years now and we always enjoy a visit. There is something new in the shop every season. If you become a member, the Spring and Summer Friday evening concerts are free....More

Thank Gene H
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We visited this small gem of historical information on the advice of locals. It truly has a lot of artifacts of interest, most of which were found right in the area of Townsend. Native American things,also things of interest of the people who migrated to...More

Thank donandbarb994
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This was a nice place to visit and learn about the smokeys. They had a lot of artifacts, history, replicas and knowledge of the people who migrated to the area and how they lived. A nice outdoor display of old houses and mills outside. I...More

Thank Jan5599
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This center is definitely worth a visit. The material presented is interesting and well presented. It complements a visit to the Smokies. Be prepared to spend no less than 2 hours and probably much more.

Thank Bernie G
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