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3358359649_f94fed3bd1_mFriendly goats and sheep greeted us from behind their primitive wooden fences as we pulled into this living history museum. I felt we were off to a good start. Things only got better.

What a treasure. Yesterday we were at a small state park (Norris Dam) museum that had a very limited but interesting collection. Today we walked right into the world of the people of Southern Appalachia. We walked into their homes, that looked like they’d just left – their clothes hanging, the tables set, canned goods on the shelves, tools and implements ready to be used, we toured their barns, church, school, blacksmith shop, and all of the usual buildings that exist in many living history sites.

But this museum is unique. The founder traveled isolated back roads all over TN, VA,KY and NC from the early 1960’s, collecting all kinds of things, but more importantly, stories and friends. The museum (especially the large Appalachian Hall of Fame building) is full of pictures, artifacts, and fascinating tidbits and tales about these rugged, resourceful, interesting characters, often in their own words.

I had been feeling kind of adventurous in our 24 ft Navion, giving up (at least some of) the creature comforts of home…

Now, I feel like a Vanderbilt.

My perspective may change when we visit the Biltmore Estate tomorrow?

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