Sevier County Heritage Museum

Sevier County Heritage Museum The history collection of Sevier County located in the historic post office in downtown Sevierville.

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Thursday morning trivia from the Heritage Museum: Identify the item in this photo and tell us what it was used for.
08/12/2021

Thursday morning trivia from the Heritage Museum: Identify the item in this photo and tell us what it was used for.

Thursday morning trivia from the Heritage Museum: Identify the item in this photo and tell us what it was used for.

Calling all history buffs: The Sevier County Heritage Museum is looking for great volunteers. if you're a great storytel...
08/11/2021

Calling all history buffs: The Sevier County Heritage Museum is looking for great volunteers. if you're a great storyteller, know lots about area history, or love to organize, we'd love to hear from you. Email [email protected].

Calling all history buffs: The Sevier County Heritage Museum is looking for great volunteers. if you're a great storyteller, know lots about area history, or love to organize, we'd love to hear from you. Email [email protected].

Monday morning history from the Heritage Museum: The Island View school at Boyd's Creek was rebuilt in 1918 after a torn...
08/09/2021

Monday morning history from the Heritage Museum: The Island View school at Boyd's Creek was rebuilt in 1918 after a tornado devastated the original structure built in 1895.

Monday morning history from the Heritage Museum: The Island View school at Boyd's Creek was rebuilt in 1918 after a tornado devastated the original structure built in 1895.

Sevier County Heritage Museum's cover photo
01/21/2021

Sevier County Heritage Museum's cover photo

Friends of the Seymour Branch Library - FOSL
10/18/2020

Friends of the Seymour Branch Library - FOSL

Friends of Seymour Library
It was with great sadness that we learned that Dr. Sam Lyle DVM left this earthly life on Thursday. Not only was he a friend to all the animals he tended before his retirement, he was a friend to the wider Boyds Creek-Seymour community and especially to its history.
He is best known in the community for restoring Island View School just off Boyds Creek Highway on land he co-owned with his brother-in-law, John Plummer. In the past few years Sam and John lovingly restored the interior of the one-room schoolhouse, which had last been used in 1949. Once they had made the rickety building safe again and added authentic schoolhouse memorabilia, they threw it open to the public in a couple of springtime open houses.
The public responded enthusiastically. At the last open house in 2019, more than 700 people signed the guest book, and many who visited that day did not sign. Sam estimated the crowd at around 1,000. He did not charge an admission fee; he wanted everyone to see the old school.
He shared his interest in local history with all comers. He loved to show off his house, built by his grandfather Mack Hammer in 1905; his barn with its old machinery; and his extensive collection of family photos and mementos. He knew a great deal about the one-room schoolhouses like Island View that had dotted the Boyds Creek landscape in the early 20th century.
In response to a request by Friends of Seymour Library, he gave a talk in the summer of 2019 about the history of local education. About 100 people attended that talk; many in the audience had questions about the history of their own homes. The community interest in local history was so palpable that evening that FOSL members decided to reprint Estalena Brabson’s “History of Boyd’s Creek” as a fundraiser for the library extension project. So far that project has raised more than $6,000.
Sam encouraged us, helped us, let us use his photos, welcomed us into his home and plied us with stories of Boyds Creek of yesteryear. He has supported Friends of Seymour Library in many ways. He encouraged two of our members, Colleen Shannon and Anna Garber, in their project to chronicle the history of Boyds Creek and Seymour. He became a friend.
His openness, kindness and generosity will always stay with us. We mourn his loss.

Just some updates on the street. This is going to look amazing!
04/26/2020

Just some updates on the street. This is going to look amazing!

04/24/2020
Historic Floods in Sevier County, Tennessee

Historic Floods in Sevier County, Tennessee

A pictorial edition of the historic floods that have occurred in Sevier County, TN prior to the rerouting of the Fork of the Little Pigeon River.

04/23/2020

So who has old photos of the parkway with barely any cars on it? Any recent photos without cars? Let’s see ‘em!

03/27/2020

Hello Sevier County! We’re hearing about people cleaning out their closets. If you have Sevier County history lying around- take a pic and share below. #virtualmuseum

03/18/2020

Hell there! We regret to inform you that due to current events, we will be closed to the public until further notice. We appreciate your understanding. We’ll announce the reopen here when the time comes.

We’re still here! We are excited about the new street project, but in the meantime, email or call to make an appointment...
01/22/2020

We’re still here! We are excited about the new street project, but in the meantime, email or call to make an appointment to come by. We’ll open up the doors if ya ask nice! 😉😄

We want to wish everyone a wonderful, fun-filled, Happy Thanksgiving!We are closed all week and will resume our regular ...
11/27/2019

We want to wish everyone a wonderful, fun-filled, Happy Thanksgiving!

We are closed all week and will resume our regular hours Monday, Dec 2. Thank you for your continued support!

DID YOU KNOW? You can get one of these prints with a $10 donation to the museum OR get all 4 with a $30 donation. These ...
10/08/2019

DID YOU KNOW?
You can get one of these prints with a $10 donation to the museum OR get all 4 with a $30 donation. These are beautiful and the donations help continue the efforts at the museum. It’s a win-win!

Keep in mind that there is lots of construction happening on Bruce Street but it still hasn’t hindered us being open. See our hours on the website or about section on Facebook. See you soon!

Oh my! Trying wearing this during our East Tennessee heat wave! A classic mink was certainly fashionable in our area. Ho...
09/28/2019

Oh my! Trying wearing this during our East Tennessee heat wave! A classic mink was certainly fashionable in our area. However, during much colder temperatures. Come see our extensive display on Bruce Street in Sevierville. Don’t let the construction fool you, we are open during the posted business hours. (And now longer on Tuesdays!)

The museum has a wonderful Broady Hospital display. Our nurse needs a hat and shoes.
09/10/2019

The museum has a wonderful Broady Hospital display. Our nurse needs a hat and shoes.

This rocker was built in Kodak at Tom's Chair Shop. The bottom needs to be caned will anyone volunteer to do the work?
09/10/2019

This rocker was built in Kodak at Tom's Chair Shop. The bottom needs to be caned will anyone volunteer to do the work?

It’s a long weekend!! Great! You’ll need the extra day to figure out what this is. (Comment beliw if you have an idea) 😃...
08/31/2019

It’s a long weekend!! Great! You’ll need the extra day to figure out what this is. (Comment beliw if you have an idea) 😃 We wish everyone a wonderful and fun filled weekend!

We’re open! Just go north on Dolly Parton Pkwy and turn right on the Parkway and right on Bruce. We’re right there on th...
08/23/2019

We’re open! Just go north on Dolly Parton Pkwy and turn right on the Parkway and right on Bruce. We’re right there on the corner and tons of parking. See you soon!

Friends of the Seymour Branch Library - FOSL
08/14/2019

Friends of the Seymour Branch Library - FOSL

Next Tuesday night, August 20, Friends of Seymour Library is hosting a special program on Island View School presented by Dr. Sam Lyle and John Plummer. Come early. We expect lots of folks. The program will be at the Oak City Baptist Church just off Boyds Creek Hwy.

Sevier County Heritage Museum's cover photo
08/08/2019

Sevier County Heritage Museum's cover photo

You all were so great in helping us with the last photo... we thought we’d test you on this one. 😄 Does anyone have info...
08/08/2019

You all were so great in helping us with the last photo... we thought we’d test you on this one. 😄 Does anyone have info on this photo? Do you know about what year this would be?

We need your detective help. Can you identify any/all these people? Do you know the story behind it? There are so many g...
07/29/2019

We need your detective help. Can you identify any/all these people? Do you know the story behind it? There are so many great stories about the county, help us fill in the blanks. Message us with details!

It’s a beautiful #Friday in Sevierville! Come out and see us this afternoon. We’ll be open! If you can’t make it during ...
07/12/2019

It’s a beautiful #Friday in Sevierville! Come out and see us this afternoon. We’ll be open! If you can’t make it during our open hours, we may be able to schedule an appointment. See our website for details: https://seviercountyheritagemuseum.org

***Volunteer options are available. Message us if you’re interested.

Treasure hunt???!! Kind of! We’re looking for an old wood desk chair... like this one in the photo or something similar....
07/11/2019

Treasure hunt???!! Kind of! We’re looking for an old wood desk chair... like this one in the photo or something similar. It doesn’t have to be padded/can be all wood. If you know of one, send us a message. 😁

**Also, we’re still looking for volunteers to be part of the team. If you or someone you know has a cheery disposition and a few hours a week to spare, message us here, too!

We’re working on a great big... little... project. Come by and see us to watch the progress. #excitingthingsatthemuseum ...
07/05/2019

We’re working on a great big... little... project. Come by and see us to watch the progress. #excitingthingsatthemuseum #trains

07/02/2019

Are you crazy about our area’s history? Or like to help your community and have a few hours a week to spare? Message us that you’d like to volunteer. We could use more smiling faces to help extend our hours and be more convenient to the community.
Message us today!

There’s so much history in the museum including the building- and now being uncovered in the streets!
06/19/2019

There’s so much history in the museum including the building- and now being uncovered in the streets!

History in the making! Yesterday as team members worked they began finding pieces to the Historic Train Tracks, The Slow and Easy, that once operated in Sevierville! More to come and this amazing find will now be part of our future. These are exciting times in our little Hometown in the Smokies!

Come out of the rain and enjoy our area’s history. And well, if you can’t stop by today, how ‘bout trying to guess this ...
06/18/2019

Come out of the rain and enjoy our area’s history. And well, if you can’t stop by today, how ‘bout trying to guess this latest artifact. Do you know what this is?

We’re open 10-2 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and open 1-4pm on Wednesday and Friday. However, by appointment, we can ma...
05/14/2019

We’re open 10-2 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and open 1-4pm on Wednesday and Friday. However, by appointment, we can make arrangements that would better suit your class or group to tour the space. We’d love to host you and hear your stories about the area. Message us here to get started! 😊

Time for another one. Can you find where this is in the museum? Do you know what it is? 😁
04/26/2019

Time for another one. Can you find where this is in the museum? Do you know what it is? 😁

Can you guess what this is? It’s tough and no pressure to answer... But we’d love to hear your guesses! 😉
04/14/2019

Can you guess what this is? It’s tough and no pressure to answer... But we’d love to hear your guesses! 😉

Sevierville Commons
04/11/2019
Sevierville Commons

Sevierville Commons

One of the most anticipated days for Downtown’s future is coming up soon and we need your help!

This coming Monday, April 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Sevierville Civic Center, the Board of Mayor and Alderman will be deciding on the Streetscape Project. This is a project that we have been working with the city on for several years. This meeting is the final step to seeing it start. This project will give Downtown a beautiful make over. Electric lines will be moved underground, sidewalks will be larger and more appealing to walking traffic, and landscaping will be added to make Downtown look and feel the way it should. Additionally, Downtown will also be getting the much needed infrastructure to take on the growth we will see over the next few years. This project will give us the opportunity to see more restaurants, retail, apartments, and condos pop up along Bruce Street and Court Avenue.

Please put this meeting on your calendar, let others who love Downtown know about the meeting, and reach out to the Sevierville Alderman to let them know that you support this project. Thank you for your help!

https://www.downtownstreetscape.com/

Who’s a Civil War history buff? We’d love to hear the stories you have from our area’s rich history.
04/03/2019

Who’s a Civil War history buff? We’d love to hear the stories you have from our area’s rich history.

Address

167 Bruce St
Sevierville, TN
37862-3501

Telephone

(616) 443-1457

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Sevier County Heritage Museum

The Sevier County Heritage Museum was originally established in 1995. Today, it is seeing another resurgence to continue the goal of having a thorough and comprehensive historic collection of Sevier County.

Supported by the County, grants, and private donations, the museum contains a great collection of artifacts from numerous newspaper articles of events, outerwear of the citizens and military, furniture, tools of all kinds, and of course, so much more! The collection has currently been growing in quantity and quality with the gracious donations made throughout the county. With each artifact donated, we welcome in the corresponding stories of our area’s wonderful rich history.

The Museum is located at 167 Bruce Street and is open Monday through Friday thanks to our dedicated volunteers. General admission is free, though donations are welcome. Groups may schedule tours and events outside of business hours by appointment.

Come on by, we look forward to meeting you!

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BREAKING NEWS: The KS&E Railway historical marker was found, after having been run over by a car. It was removed from the site and may be repairable. Thanks again to Kyle Grainger if WVLT for getting the word out! More details later.
My father in law just told us about a property he wanted to buy in Sevier County about 40 years ago. He said it was an old school complex and was very large. He would love to see if the property is still there. Any information about or leads to where I could find this would be greatly appreciated!
ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT!!! If you wish to attend my free, 1-hour talk on the Smoky Mtn. R.R., the "Slow & Easy," please R.S.V.P. to Hollie Cook of Knox Heritage (Email: [email protected] or phone: (865) 523-8008 ext. 3). Please do so by Noon on 10/14/2019. My talk will be at: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, 10/15/2019 Historic Westwood Mansion 3425 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN. 37919 http://knoxheritage.org/event/preservation-network-lecture-remembering-the-slow-easy-the-smoky-mountain-railroad/ Y'all please come!!! Great photos and info will be presented.
Just a reminder to anyone interested in attending my free history talk about the "Slow & Easy" on October 15, 2019: an R.S.V.P. to Hollie Cook at Knox Heritage is required. Please email [email protected] or call Hollie at (865) 523-8008 extension 3 with your number of attendees. If less than 40 are in attendance, the talk will be held inside of Historic Westwood on Kingston Pike. If over 40 come, then the event will move just next door at Laurel Church of Christ. Please R.S.V.P. if you will be attending. Thanks!!!
I would like to invite all of you to my free history talk on the former Smoky Mtn. R.R., the "Slow & Easy" (Knoxville to Sevierville), to be hosted by Knox Heritage. It will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at EITHER: Historic Westwood Mansion (up to 40 RSVPs); or, Laurel Church of Christ (over 40 RSVPs). Please RSVP (required) to Hollie Cook at [email protected] and see the link below for details. Y'all come!!!
I would really like to visit the museum but the hours make it difficult for me and I’m sure others to visit. Has any thought been given to opening up on Saturdays or Sundays?
I have visited the museum What a treat to see. You actually get to step off The street and walk back In Time...
I have often driven by and the museum is closed. Is it now open for yours? Will you work with groups?