Museum of Appalachia ~ Norris ~ 865-494-7680
The Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, tells the story of a region which was settled by proud, hardworking people through the relics they made and used to survive. Considered “the most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian life in the world”, the Museum contains over 250,000 pioneer relics including 30 log structures featuring cantilever barns, chapel, schoolhouse and cabins including the Mark Twain Family cabin. Gift shop and country café on site. Hours vary by season. Admission charged.
Coal Creek Mining Motor Discovery Trail ~ Rocky Top ~ 800-524-3602
“Oh God for one more breath, remember me as long as you live,” were the last words written on the side of a collapsed mine by Jacob Vowell before he and 250 men and boys died in the Fraterville Mine Disaster. Learn their story and the stories of the Coal Creek War and the Cross Mountain Mine Disaster along this self-guided motor discovery trail. FREE.
David Hall Cabin ~ Clinton ~ 800-524-3602
Built in 1799, this home, inn and tavern, was home to an American Revolutionary War veteran. If the walls could talk, it would tell you about Indian confrontations, Civil War soldiers who marched through and travelers who waited for the nearby ferry that was part of the route between Knoxville and Nashville. FREE
Lenoir Historical Complex at Norris Dam State Park ~ Rocky Top ~ 865-426-7461
This complex includes the Lenoir Museum, an 18th Century Grist Mill and a Threshing Barn that depicts the life before the Tennessee Valley Authority built Norris Dam through a pictorial history display, artifacts and historical documents. Don’t miss the 19th century German Barrel Organ. Wed-Sun: 9am – 5pm. FREE.