Pittman Center Heritage Museum
May 22, 2012
Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains now have another option when it comes to learning about local history and culture. The Pittman Center Heritage Museum celebrated its grand opening on May 5 inside its home at the brand-new Pittman Center Elementary School.
The museum’s motto, “Heritage is that which we have received from our ancestors and are obligated to pass on,” is passed along through displays of artifacts, archives and local stories. The museum is operated by the Pittman Center Heritage Museum Foundation and is open to the public during school hours and on Saturdays as well as by appointment during the summer months.
The museum showcases the community’s early 18th-century history and brings visitors all the way into the 20th century. Pittman Center’s first settler, Frederic Emert, was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. He and his family arrived in the area in 1784 and settled along the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River, in a fertile valley—Emerts Cove—that bears the family name. With the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, many families relocated to the valley, bringing with them their traditions and values.
Guests staying in any of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains will discover that Pittman Center is very close to Gatlinburg, making it a convenient option for family entertainment and education on vacation.
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