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Located in the 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, North Carolina, the Swain County Heritage Museum tells the story of Swain County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives. You will enjoy seeing the restored log cabin porch, the 1887 church organ and one-room schoolhouse desks, plus children's activity area among other items.

There is not an admission charge, however donations are accepted.

Restrooms are accessible.


Located Within the Historic Courthouse:

Explore the history of Bryson City and Swain County including a life size replicas and displays, and a kid zone. 

Find information about hiking, waterfalls, rafting, sightseeing, lodging, biking, restaurants and shops in Bryson City.

Find books and gifts, and souvenir items with a Great Smoky Mountains National Park theme. 

Preserving Swain County's Unique History and Rich Culture

This little museum is a gem. Right in the middle of Bryson City it tells the story of the local area very well.

Lisa Rivers

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