On the second floor of the courthouse, the Swain County Heritage Museum tells the story of the 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, and children’s activity area among other items. The museum is open daily; hours vary by season, Free admission. Parking lot behind the courthouse.
VISITOR CENTER: You will find a great children’s selection of activity books, stuffed animals, wooden toys, puzzles, t-shirts, and ranger vests and hats. You’ll also find guide books, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, tote bags, clothing, foods, mugs and more.