As I’ve been digging around in early Tennessee history, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a neat destination for families this summer, the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee. This living history museum is a real gem, and I’m so glad this family made it their life mission to create this pioneer showcase for visitors. They are located at 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716, on Highway 61 about one mile east of Interstate-75. Just take Exit 122 and go east and you’ll see it about a mile down the road on the left.
You can visit their website at: http://museumofappalachia.com to learn more about it, but here’s their intro from their website telling about the museum. “The Museum of Appalachia, founded in 1969 by John Rice Irwin, portrays an authentic mountain farm/village with some three dozen historic log structures, exhibit buildings filled with thousands of authentic Appalachian artifacts, gardens surrounded by split rail fences, and farm animals in a picturesque setting.”
I know I have a lot more pictures, but I can’t find them on my computer right now. I’ll “re-blog” if I locate them. My mother and I visited several years ago on a hurried stop on our way to Virginia. You really need a day to visit the museum, as well as the wonderful antique district in historic downtown Clinton. But if you can only squeeze out a few hours from your travels, Clinton is definitely worth the stop.
Like I said, these pictures are a few years old of the downtown shops, so things may have changed a bit and they probably won’t have the same merchandise, but it will give you a feel for what the shops have to offer. Visit their antique merchants website at www.historicclintonsantiques.com/ for up-to-date information.