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Funding Approved: New Facility in the Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains in autumnVisiting the Great Smoky Mountains just got even better! Funding has been approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior for a new archive facility that will hold thousands of records and original artifacts of the Smoky Mountain area.

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The National Park Service Joint Curatorial Collection Facility is a $4.3 million project that will be built across the street from the Great Smoky Mountain heritage Center in Townsend. Of the $4.3 million, $2 million is from federal money (National Park Service) and the rest is funded from private donations.

East Tennessee news station, WBIR, has stated that the new facility in the Smoky Mountains will house almost 900,000 historical artifacts and archival records about the park and region. Of  those, 450,000 will be archival records and 422,000 are original historical artifacts.

Things that will be stored in the facility will include:

  • Land and operating records
  • Original photographs
  • Farm tools and other logging equipment
  • Clothing
  • Weapons
  • Oral histories
  • Andrew Johnson’s presidential papers

Construction for the new facility in the Smoky Mountains is set to begin as early as the summer of 2014. The new facility will meet safety standards that many other archive facilities do not hold. For this reason, the new center will also house artifacts for other national parks, like the Andrew Johnson National Historical Site, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and more.

When you want to stay in the Great Smoky Mountains to experience unbelievable views and all of the exciting attractions and places to see near the national park, give Amazing Views Cabin Rentals a call at (855) 849-8977. For the best deal on your stay, take a look at our Affordable Cabins Under $100 and let us know which amenities you are looking for, so we can help you plan the best vacation yet.