Come Travel to Thousands of Years in the Past.

Join us at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center to celebrate the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region. Our gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and festivals guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove.


14th Annual Gala & Auction

Mark your Calendars, May 20th, for the 14th Annual Heritage Happening Gala & Auction

This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Smokies”

To learn more about the 2017 Gala & Auction, please click here

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Now Closed Sundays

GSMHC LogoThe Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is now Closed on Sundays as well as Christmas Eve.

For a complete list of hours, directions and information on admission, please click here.

Fiber Arts Festival

Presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild & the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild; the 7th Annual Smoky Mountains Fiber Arts Festival takes place April 21-23.

Llamas, goats, angora rabbits – Fun for the entire family; hands on demonstrations and classes!

To find out more, please click here.

“TANASI 1796” March 25, 2017


Honor Our Heritage by attending the presentation of Tanasi 1796: An Early Tennessee Docudrama presented at Clayton Center for the Arts. Showings on Saturday, March 25th at 2 pm and 7:30 now available.

Please Visit

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