The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, Townsend

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum - Townsend

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum - Townsend
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Judy C
Lexington, KY938 contribuições
nov de 2021
We stopped here while in Townsend. We were there in early November during the week. They were closed so we just walked around and took photos. This was a great place to stretch your legs and check out some train engines. If they had been open you could go in some buildings
Feita em 18 de dezembro de 2021
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The_WV_Perrys
Prichard, Virgínia Ocidental25 contribuições
nov de 2021 • Família
This little railroad museum was one of the highlights of our trip to the smoky mountains this year. My youngest son actually found the museum last year during our 2020 trip. He found it by seeing the locomotive and other railroad equipment that they had in the yard. We stopped by, which happened to be on a Tuesday, and found out that they are only open on the weekends in November, so we promised the little guy we would go through the inside part of the museum this year when we returned this past weekend.

The museum itself is quite small but packed with the history of Townsend and the railroad that was its lively hood before the place was bought and turned into a National Park. We learned so much and it gave us an appreciation for the people of Townsend and the Smoky Mountains itself.

If your a history or railroad buff, like My sons me I are, you will have a good time. The staff was wonderful and delightful to talk to, and knew their stuff. (The lady working there even told us about some lesser known places to visit, like a swinging bridge not far from the museum).

Next to the museum is a tiny gift shop. The things they sell help keep the place open, and the good thing is we were not pushed, or asked, to buy anything, we just did to help them out. The best part of the place is your free to move around the grounds and look and stay as long as you like.

We found out from the staff that the place is open almost everyday in the summer months. They just open on the weekends in Nov. after that they are closed til March. Just information that may be helpful to some folks who are reading this review.

Lastly we will definitely come back next year and will be bringing some friends and family.
Feita em 24 de novembro de 2021
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linbill2015
North Canton, OH177 contribuições
ago de 2021
Small, but lots of info on the trains and their importance to the lumber business and tourisem. Also a restored engine and log loader outside. and it's free.
Feita em 12 de agosto de 2021
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PaleoGypsy
Filadélfia, PA2.091 contribuições
ago de 2021 • Casais
If you like trains, then you may like this free museum. The collection is located indoors and outdoors. Bathrooms are available. The one part of the train we viewed is well-conserved. Stop in to learn about the technology, history, and culture.
Feita em 1 de agosto de 2021
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Katie A
Pigeon Forge, TN27 contribuições
abr de 2021 • Família
My family & I stopped here as part of a explorative day trip while on a spring break trip to the Gatlinburg area. We really enjoyed it. It was very informative & interesting. I would have given it an even higher rating, but I was disappointed because the inside museum was closed. We could only explore the outdoor exhibits. We will definitely have to stop by again & complete the tour.
Feita em 7 de abril de 2021
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Bill B
Pueblo, CO1.133 contribuições
dez de 2020
We stopped and visited for a few minutes after visiting the Swinging Bridge which is just around the corner. They had some interesting pieces but like so many of these local museums in bad need of restoration.
Feita em 3 de janeiro de 2021
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The_Loup_Garou
Fênix, AZ166.281 contribuições
dez de 2020
A Step Back in Time for This Rail Buff

I first visited the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum some years before, while my wife attended church in Townsend, but this time, we were both able to stop by - she had attended early Mass in Maryville, before we set out to Blackberry Farm. As we were still too early to check into BBF, we got to explore more in the Townsend area, and together.

Located right on Hwy 321 (Lamar Alexander Parkway), and in the middle of Townsend, the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum is both easy to spot, and to get to. We parked in the ample, but empty parking lot, and spent an hour exploring the exterior displays.

Though in early December, it was a warm and clear day, but being a Sunday morning, long after the Summer/Autumn tourist rush, the interior displays were closed. However, there was still so much to see, with the exterior displays.

While we both enjoy railroad exhibits, I am the train buff in the family, and though I had browsed the exhibits before, spent more time (something, which we had on this visit), examining them in greater detail, and especially the Shay locomotive, #2147, from the Little River Railroad, and returned to Townsend after being located away from the area for years. While I have seen various Shay locomotives, mostly in exhibits related to mining in Colorado, #2147 is unique, and an example of the adaptations made to many of the primarily mining and logging locomotives, during their lifetimes. Designed for traction, and managing very heavy loads, these workhorses of the railroad filled a small, but necessary niche. This is just a fascinating exhibit, and one which took up most of my time at the Museum - while my wife had seen various examples of Shay engines, I had the time to explain the differences of this one, to her.

The rest of the exhibits are well-worth the time, and even one who is not really motivated by railroad memorabilia, should be fascinated by the history, that these share - history of the logging/lumber industry, transportation and the area.

Now, we just need to return during the tourist Season, so that my wife can enjoy the interior exhibits, as well.
Feita em 27 de dezembro de 2020
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Jim C
Bogart, Geórgia466 contribuições
nov de 2020
This is most definitely worth a visit for anyone with an appreciation of local history that reflects American history from the early 20th century through the depression era. A "must" for children as this museum accurately depicts how timber and railroads were a huge part of the industrial revolution and created jobs and an economy for many small towns in America. The Shay steam locomotive on display is unique not only in how it was built but very few escaped the scrapyard. This railroad and lumber mill were the "lifeblood" of several Tennessee towns and the pictures, log loader, steam engine and various artifacts take you back to a time when railroads were essential to get the lumber out of the mountains to the growing country. It's free!, but donations are appreciated.
Feita em 22 de novembro de 2020
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Jeff S
Gainesville, Geórgia1.131 contribuições
out de 2020 • Família
We stopped in with our grandson of 12 years old. He is a train lover like his PaPa. This is a nice small museum giving some of the local history of times gone by. Outside are authentic pieces of the equipment they used back in the logging days. Inside there is a nice museum with a lot of memorabilia and facts of how things were back in those days. Great educational experience for the young and old alike. There is a nice little gift shop to visit also. Maybe you would like to make a donation to help the restoration effort. These important pieces of history do not survive without our generosity.
Feita em 14 de outubro de 2020
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SharonB231
Toledo, OH1.069 contribuições
set de 2020 • Casais
You can see a steam engine and log loader outside along with the depot building. Museum is small with many railroad artifacts and placards and pictures explaining the railroad history in the area. Museum is free but you can leave donations for their preservation efforts. If in the area and you are interested in trains this is a short stop. There are restrooms and a gift shop here.
Feita em 20 de setembro de 2020
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