Do you and your family enjoy historical sites and museums? If so, check out these interesting Sevierville museums and attractions with historical significance the next time you’re in town!
1. Tennessee Museum of Aviation
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is well worth checking out. The 50,000 square foot hangar has thousands of historical facts and many vintage planes. There is a Wave Wall that takes you back through the history of aviation. In the hangar, you will find two World War II P-47 Thunderbolts on display. There is a replica of the 1902 Wright Glider and many more planes and jets that will capture your interest. On occasion, you might even see them flying some of the old aircraft!
2. Uncle Hank’s Knives
If you get a chance to visit Uncle Hank’s Knives, you will learn how knives are made. They even offer classes so you can forge your own knife, from start to finish. If you or your child can swing a 2lb hammer and follow instructions, you’re old enough to make a knife and create not only a keepsake to cherish forever, but also a memory that will last a lifetime.
3. Sevier County Heritage Museum
Since it opened in 1955, the Sevier Heritage Museum has supported and secured local history. Sevier County has a rich and full history that dates back to the Native Indians and the Revolutionary War, and the Heritage museum houses many of these local artifacts and memorabilia. Dolly Parton and other influential people from Tennessee are honored at the museum.
There are several collections at the museum, including the following:
- Wiley Oakley collection, a renowned historian of the Smoky Mountains
- Library of the Smoky Mountain Historical Society
- Items from World War II, donated by many local citizens
4. Alcatraz East Crime Museum
In the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, you will find fascinating historical crime artifacts, such as the famous white bronco from the OJ Simpson Chase 25 years ago. Visitors will also have the chance to view Ted Bundy’s VW Beetle, among other things belonging to the notorious serial killer. The typewriter Ted Bundy used in prison while waiting on death row and his dental mold are both there in the museum. Great for all ages, this museum is a must on your next Sevierville trip.
Sevierville has a rich history that many visitors find fascinating. Make sure to stop by the Sevierville Visitors Center to view their current display on the history of the railroad in Sevier County. Sevierville also has a self-guided Historic Walking Tour that you might find of interest. Pick up a map at the visitors center or download one here.