Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fieldtrip: Blount County Historical Museum and Thompson-Brown House

We had to put one of our cars in the shop yesterday.  So, while we were on that part of town we decided to stop into our local county museum. The curators/volunteers are always so helpful and have tons of stories to tell. We love going here again and again. 

 There were lots of new items this time...a milk bottler and other dairy farm items


 An old street sign


Sugar sack doll

 General store register




They had a War of 1812 display that was new to us this visit.  Michael got chained in a horse bit, we got to hold a replica of a flintlock rifle. (Those things are heavy.) 


















Flag (on left) from the USS Constitution


We've been to the museum several times, but the Thompson-Brown house on the same property has always been closed.  This time, fortunately it was open!  This original to the site "two story, two pen log house" is operated by the Cades Cove Preservation Society.  There are tons of items owned by the white settler inhabitants of Cades Cove.  So many fun items to look at!

Trying out the irons...no wonder those pioneer women had big muscles!




Cabbage grater- that thing was huge!



We had a wonderful tour guide that gave the kids frisbees and suckers as well as an admonishment to learn about their heritage...to ask their parents/grandparents questions...to listen to the stories of THEIR past.













If you live in Maryville, TN or nearby, do not miss out on these "kids are welcome" museums and learn a bit more about the history in your community.   

Admission is free..donations are gladly accepted.

Blount County Historical Museum
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 AM-3 PM

Cades Cove and Thompson-Brown House Museum
Hours: Wed. 10-2; Thurs.- Sat. 10-3; Sun 2-4

I'd definitely plan a trip when both are open...plan on staying a while and going back again.  You really can't see it all in one trip anyway!

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