Museum of Appalachia to honor veterans, military

Free admission for our country’s servicemen and women on Veterans Day

NORRIS, Tenn.:  In honor of our country’s armed forces, the Museum of Appalachia will offer free admission to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.
“We appreciate those who risk their lives for our country,” said Elaine Meyer, the Museum’s executive director, “and this is one way to recognize these people and show that we realize the sacrifices they’ve made.”
The Museum’s mission is to preserve and pass along the Appalachian heritage to younger generations.  Among historical offerings of particular interest to veterans are extensive displays on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and other military ventures.  A relatively new exhibit honors an East Tennessee man who died in Vietnam, representing area servicemen and women who served in the military during that conflict.
The Museum also houses exhibits on early gun-making, blacksmithing, sawmilling, carpentry, coopering, leatherworking, molasses making, and other pioneer skills.
Visitors may take a self-guided tour of the Museum’s extensive village-farm complex with some three dozen historic  log buildings, display halls filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, and gardens and farm animals in a picturesque setting, all surrounded by split-rail fences.
Musicians play daily in one of the cabins, offering traditional Appalachian music and general information on the Museum and its artifacts.
Shoppers may browse the unique hand-made items in the Gift, Craft, and Antique Shop at the Museum—or simply rest at the cozy fireside in wooden rockers. Hot, country-style lunches are served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Museum restaurant; home-made cakes, pies, cookies, and other treats are available all day.
Memberships in the Museum, a not-for-profit organization, are also available; these memberships help the Museum carry out its mission while providing “season passes” and other benefits for members.  As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum also offers Smithsonian memberships.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122. For more information, call 865-494-7680, or visit the website at <> .