In the mountain community of Townsend, Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is uniquely poised to become the cultural center of the region. Literally located adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Center is quickly becoming a significant destination attraction and civic asset.
Thanks to a healthy community of benefactors and motivated stakeholders, the Heritage Center is equipped with a significant menu of amenities including the galleries, Appalachian Village, Amphitheater, and land. The center’s management, Board of Directors, and volunteers are continually working to modify and grow the on-site experience to provide the richest consumer experience possible. A dynamic master planning process is on the drawing board and is guiding manageable future development.
Bound by its structure as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3), governed by a Board of Directors and managed day-to-day by a staff and volunteers — the Heritage Center will remain true to the spirit and personality of the “Quiet Side of the Smokies” in Townsend. However, the Heritage Center embraces change and our patrons can count on a new learning experience with every visit.
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Director of Operations
Manager Cades Cove Heritage Tours
Curator of Technology & Visitor Experience
Zee Johnston – Store Associate
Interested in Membership?
We’d love have you as a member. Basic annual memberships are priced at $45 (individual), $80 (couple), and $90 (family) and include many wonderful benefits.
Interested in Donating?
We’d love to talk to you about it. All donations are tax deductible!
Please email: [email protected]
Interested in volunteering?
We are always looking for folks to demonstrate traditional crafts and skills, no experience needed.
Cades Cove Heritage Tours:
Available May through October
P.O. Box 268
Townsend, TN 37882
2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Leslee T. Alexander
Katie Branham Kerr
Carl Koella III