ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Museum of Appalachia in Tennessee

Updated on June 1, 2013

Museum of Appalachia

East Tennessee's Museum of Appalachia provides a wealth of information about the people and places of the region. Rustic structures like the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse and the Mark Twain Family Cabin await. Living history demonstrations like spinning and weaving can be seen. Beautiful flower and vegetable gardens flourish. Peacocks! You'll see all of these things and more at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee. Preserving the history of all things Appalachian is the idea for this one-of-a-kind exhibit that covers 60 acres. Founded by John Rice Irwin, it has been a popular vacation spot for years, appealing to all ages.

Farm animals of all kinds and more than 30 log buildings, including: barns, cabins and a church dot the landscape. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this important historical location seeks to preserve the memory of the mountain people of the area. Presentations, live music as part of the "Porch Museum Project" and folk art abound. Vegetable gardens provide fresh produce that is served in the restaurant. Flowers of every description surround the buildings. Displays of baskets, furniture, farm equipment, household items, guns, toys and musical instruments are just some of the hundreds of items to see.

The museum is open daily and the hours vary according to season, so call ahead. The "down home cooking" restaurant serves lunch daily. Regular adult admission is less than $15.00 and there are discounts for AAA members, seniors, children and groups.

Seasonal Favorites

Special events during the year draw thousands of visitors. Tennessee Fall Homecoming is held in autumn and has four stages with hundreds of musicians, crafters and their wares, food and exhibits.

Sheep Shearing Day is held in April. Demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning wool, weaving and quilting can be enjoyed.

The July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot is a popular event. "Shooting the anvil" was a staple in pioneer life on Independence Day and other special holidays and is reinacted here. Live music plays, a replica of the Liberty Bell is rung and mountain skills such as blacksmithing and whittling are demonstrated. Delicious barbeque and ice cream are served.

Christmas in Old Appalachia is a favorite holiday event. Pioneer Christmas decor is set up in the cabins, including paper chains and greenery. Christmas carols are sung and cocoa sipped.

Nearby hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds provide lodging for visitors. Knoxville is sixteen miles south, with more to see and do when you travel to Tennessee and the Museum of Appalachia.

Where is the museum?

Museum of Appalachia Clinton, TN:
Museum of Appalachian, 2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716-6756, USA

get directions


Submit a Comment
  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    8 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I love TN, Kim. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  • Kim M Gregory profile image

    Kim Morgan Gregory 

    8 years ago from The Coast of The South Carolina Lowcountry

    Wow, I am origionally from East TN pictures caught my eye. They are fabulous! Isn't Tn wonderful! Thanks for woriting this hub...

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    9 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    There are too many beautiful places to see in one visit, for sure. Zuggmobile and Tamarajo, I hope you get to visit this great place. You'll love it.

  • Tamarajo profile image


    9 years ago

    So many more places to see. We will back for more fun and beauty in the Smokys

  • profile image


    9 years ago

    Looking forward to visiting this summer! I have already been prepping the family on all the details of visiting there; and, I think they are as intrigued as I am. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    9 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for visiting, Reprieve26! If you ever get a chance, it's a wonderful place to visit. I appreciate your comment.

  • Reprieve26 profile image

    HS Contino 

    9 years ago from Oregon Coast

    Wow! Sounds like an educational and fun place to visit! :)


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)