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Stephen-KarenConn Says: This one-room, dirt-floored structure was used by 20th Century Fox as the frontier home of Daniel Boone in the TV series for CBS called Young Dan'l Boone. It is an authentic pioneer log cabin, built in the New River Section of Anderson County, Tennessee, in the early 1800's....
Stephen-KarenConn Says: The McClung House was built a few miles southwest of Knoxville on the wagon path that later came to be known as Kingston Pike and U.S. Hwy. 70. It is thought to have been built in the 1790's, by the McClungs who later became one of East Tennessee's most prominent families....
Stephen-KarenConn Says: The Peters House and Homestead was moved from its original location in adjoining Union County near the village of Lutrell. The first known occupant was Nathaniel Peters who lived here about 1840. His oldest daughter, Cordelia, was born here and raised her own nine children...
In one corner of the Museum of Appalachia's barnlike Entrance Building was the Cafe. It is a simple place, with no servers. You order and pick up your meal from the counter and it will be served on a styrofoam plate with plastic eating utensils. However, the prices were correspondingly low. Large windows offer a beautiful view across the museum village grounds. Sandwiches or complete plate lunches are available.
Favorite Dish: Karen and I were here on a recent Sunday noon and enjoyed an absolutely wonderful plate lunch for only $5.95 each. I had the pork roast and Karen the chicken-and-dumplings, both with a choice of vegetables. We shared our meals with each other and found both to be absolutely delicious.
We had the Mounds Cake for desert and it was to die for. Named for the Mounds candy bar, it is a moist dark chocolate layer cake with a fabulous coconut icing - fantastic!
Updated Nov 23, 2004
One of the most delightful aspects of a visit to the Museum of Appalachia is that you will find a few of the buildings occupied by local entertainers who are there to share their stories, or their music. On our most recent visit, at the Prater's Homestead House, we found two musicians, Judy Carson on the autoharp and "Cuzin" Raye Rutherford on the guitar. We had a seat in ladderback cane-bottom chairs and enjoyed their singing and playing of several old time mountain tunes.
On a previous visit to the Museum, at the McClung House, I sat for a half hour and was enthralled at the stories of an old-timer who had grown up in the area.
Updated Nov 21, 2004
In Norris, there have been only 1 murder, 3 car thefts and 1 robbery in over 6 years.
There are no registered sex offenders; annually there are only two fights/assaults.
That makes Norris a really safe place to live and visit.
If you use common sense and don't act like a silly tourist, then you should have a nice, safe vacation in this town.
Updated Mar 8, 2007
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Wire, nails and other hardware were expensive and difficult to obtain for the pioneer homesteader, but there were an abundance of trees, many of which needed to be cleared to make room for pastures, gardens, etc. Therefore it was a natural to build fences of split rails. You...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Near the center of the Museum of Appalachia you will see this authentic working cane mill and hay stack, both of which are still in use.Visitors who come to the Museum in early fall may see a mule slowly turning the mill as it presses the sweet juices of sorghum cane which...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: These White Silkies were among the rare breeds of poultry we saw at the Museum of Appalachia. The birds have free range over the entire 65 acres so you may see them anywhere. I particularly enjoyed this since I used to raise rare breeds of poultry as a hobby.These peculiar...