The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, Townsend

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  • Lots of old things to read about and look at. If you are interested in years past it is a great little place to stop  more »
  • I was hoping for this museum to be a little more exciting then it was. There was 3-4 items to look at outside. All of them were run down and have seen better days. The indoor space was two really smal...  more »
  • And did not disappoint. Every person visiting the area should stop and learn the history of the area. If not for ole Dorothy and her counterparts, carving out railways for the timber they hauled,there...  more »
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  • Lots of facts and artifacts packed into a small museum. Even the gift shop was cute with lots of railroad themed books and much more. We found this place well worth the stop. Entrance is free but they accept donations.
  • So cute
  • This is a very small museum but very informative, with lots of pictures. But the person in the office/gift shop, Jackie, was what made the whole experience. She sounds like she could talk for hours and hours about the history of the lumber company and railroad and town, and it doesn't take much persuasion to get her to do so.
  • It is a small little museum but had some interesting things from actual trains used by the lumber company to reports on all the train wrecks the company had. Rick was very friendly and gave us a few other points of interest in the town to go and see.

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You'll find limited accommodation options in the tiny town of Townsend. You have the choice of a few privately owned bed and breakfasts, which offer a good selection of amenities including fitness facilities, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, in-room fireplaces, steam showers, and hot tubs. For a more outdoorsy experience of the Great Smoky Mountains, research the area's tent and trailer campgrounds; many provide hookups for both cable TV and high-speed Internet.
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