Pigeon Forge is full of music, theater, amusement parks and shopping, but it is also a favorite place for history lovers. For those who love the past, Pigeon Forge vacation rentals place visitors near a wealth of historical resources and experiences.
Visitors can look out the window of Pigeon Forge vacation rentals and see the natural landscape that has attracted Native Americans and settlers alike to this land. In nearby Townsend, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center offers museum exhibits that reveal the hardships and triumphs of pioneers and Native Americans.
Authentic Cantilever Barns and an underground moonshine still are among the carefully preserved buildings. In the Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove offers a hands-on look at houses, schools and churches from more than a century ago. In nearby Cherokee, NC, the Oconaluftee Indian Village and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian reveal what life was like in this 11,000-year-old culture that continues today. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore is another popular historical attraction for those interested in the life of Native Americans.
Pigeon Forge vacation rentals offer the perfect lodgings for visitors who want to visit the quaint, historic towns of Dandridge, Rogersville, Greeneville, and Jonesborough. Each town has a uniquely historical twist due to the numerous buildings on the historic register. Greeneville also offers the President Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, including his 19th century home and his cobbler workshop.
In Pigeon Forge itself, history lovers flock to the Titanic Museum where they can feel a part of the once-grand ocean voyager. With personal stories of passengers and crew sprinkled throughout the artifact-rich setting, historians and history lovers will find much to learn and enjoy.
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation offers exhibits on the history of human air travel and World War II air fights as well as authentic aircraft. The Sevier County Cultural Museum offers artifacts and history about the Woodland Indians and American pioneers. On the Little Pigeon River, the Old Grist Mill still grinds grain, continuing its 180-year history. The 8-mile artisan loop in Pigeon Forge offers visitors the chance to see crafters who are keeping old traditions alive. Dollywood Amusement Park also offers its own authentic mountain craft village and an entire festival dedicated to traditional mountain crafts.