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Kids’ Learning Destinations

Making Discoveries

Forget the days of stuffy museums with ropes to keep the hands of little visitors from getting too close. Today, many museums are geared for kids of all ages with interactive play, colorful exhibits, and rich opportunities for hands-on learning.

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Echoes from the Valley

Copy of old print by Clair Burket.

Sarah Ransom has been working with a local Junior Appalachian Musicians group, which introduced her to Appalachian storytelling and the history. She was asked to write a fictional story based on historic events in Johnson County, Tennessee. Read more

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Pam Myers calls the large, container-like structure hovering at the core of the expanded Asheville Art Museum “a box within a box.” The metaphor is fitting in many ways, the museum’s executive director says. Read more

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Rooted in History

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In the remote community of Boogertown, a narrow gravel road threads its way to the end of Wilson Hollow and a farm cradled in seclusion a few miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Read more

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Cherokee’s new uber accessible mountain bike trail system provides recreation options for riders and hikers of all skill levels in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Read more

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The Dark Corner. The very words give one a feeling of danger, mystery, and foreboding, much like the title of one of Kentucky author Jesse Stuart’s story collections: Beyond Dark Hills. Read more

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Tucked away on a wooded hillside just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Arrowmont offers a creative oasis amidst the bustle of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Read more

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Abingdon is one of our favorite places to visit anywhere, and during many sojourns we’ve learned the ghostly legends. But what we didn’t know is that this is a town that sometimes seems to have more buildings haunted than not. Read more

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