History in the Great Smoky Mountains

Want to learn about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains? Check out all of these great places in the area that offer a variety of educational and historical information for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

- An educational and interactive experience that retraces the 11,000 year history of the Cherokees.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-3481
Oconaluftee Indian Village

Oconaluftee Indian Village

- You’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life in the 1760s.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-2111
Toll Free: 866-554-4557
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

- The oldest Native American Arts cooperative in the US. Pottery, basket weaving, carving, and tool-making on display and for sale.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-3103
Unto These Hills - Outdoor Drama

Unto These Hills - Outdoor Drama

- Traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, ending in the present day.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Toll Free: 866.554.4557
Cades Cove

Cades Cove

- Lush valley surrounded by mountains. Wildlife sitings, historic buildings.
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley

- Elk can be seen regularly in the fields, especially in the early morning and evening hours. Other wildlife commonly spotted include bear, deer, and turkeys.
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

Vanderbilt home, gardens and winery.
Location: Asheville, NC
Toll Free: 800-411-3812
Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill

Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill

- 100-plus-year-old log house and farm buildings.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Stecoah Valley Center

Stecoah Valley Center

- Summer music series in renovated schoolhouse. Artisans gallery open all year.
Location: Stecoah, NC
Phone: 828-479-3364
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

- 7,000 Lionel™ engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children’s activity center.
Location: Bryson City, NC