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Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

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The Swain County Heritage Museum is a mechanism to sustain a living mountain culture and share these traditions with the traveling public. The museum is

a significant southeastern attraction and a jumping off place that will take visitors to every corner of Swain County. They may choose to learn more about a natural feature, Cherokee or Scots Irish heritage, local arts & crafts,old time farming or traditional music. This facility celebrates mountain life and educates visitors, schoolchildren and residents alike about our mountain culture and traditions. Events, displays and activities are throughout the museum to tell the local stories of mountain men and women and feature acclaimed mountaineers like

Horace Kephart, Mark Cathy, William Bartram, and other native mountain icons

(loggers, farmers, and more). The stories and traditions portrayed in the Swain County Heritage Museum will focus on the Scotch-Irish immigration and settlement

and will include: the natural history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Cherokee Inhabitation, the Trail of Tears, local Civil War actions, depression-era

mountain life and the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and removal of local people from the park lands. The museum’s permanent exhibits include cabins and demonstrations from each era. Programmatic activities will mirror the interpretive themes and displays and will focus on: rivers and waterways, flora and fauna, archeology, natural science, herbs and native plants, music, language, dance, blacksmithing, wagon making, moonshine making, quilting, agriculture, craft making, basket weaving,

pottery, canning, and storytelling. The goal is to preserve our mountain culture and traditions, and also share them with the visiting public.
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  • Having a GSMP visitor center was a big plus. It saved the drive to one of the larger centers for the annual ornament purchase. The 2nd floor museum was interesting. 
    Having a GSMP visitor center was a big plus. It saved the drive to one of the larger centers for the annual ornament purchase. The 2nd floor museum was interesting.  more »
  • This free museum was actually very nice. It had so many neat things from the past to look at. Everyone was very informative as well. 
    This free museum was actually very nice. It had so many neat things from the past to look at. Everyone was very informative as well.  more »
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  • Very nice museum free To enter but they do take donations lots of maps and information about the local attractions waterfalls movies that have been made in the city, a real wealth of information make sure you take a trip up stairs. Check out the gift shop on the way out.
  • Huge gift shop. A few learning experience exhibits. AC and bathrooms are here! Please leave a donation.

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