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explore - Museums & Historic Sites

Our Museums & Historic Sites range anywhere from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to historic fire towers high atop some of our predominant peaks.  Come see the heritage museums like the Scottish Tartans, the largest of it's kind for miles around.  Rich in mountain culture, our museums offer something that would peak the interest of most anyone.  If not, we'll throw in a little folklore to grab the rest.

Come to the quieter side of the Smokies for a cultural experience by visiting one of our local museums and historic sites.  See the only "living and breathing" Cherokee Indian village at the Oconaluftee Indian Village.  Learn how the Scottish settlers chose our area and why.  See some of the biggest rubies and sapphires ever found in the world-famous Cowee Valley.  Try to find the legendary Cherokee monster "Jadaculla" at Devil's Courthouse or Jadaculla Rock.  The list goes on and on.  The best of Western North Carolina's museums and historic sites await your arrival.  Stay And Play In The Smokies is here to offer the local knowledge that you'll need to point you in the right direction.


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