Smith County Heritage Museum in Carthage
As its name suggests, Smith County Heritage Museum is located in Carthage of Smith County, Tennessee, and is dedicated to preserving that area’s heritage. Their mission is to foster an appreciation for the history of Smith County, its land, its people, and its industry. The museum is a public, not-for-profit institution, making it free to visit (however, donations are appreciated). According to its website, the museum strives to provide a museum in which to collect and preserve and history of all communities of Smith County. Visiting hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (10:00 to 14:00 in 24-hour time). The museum itself is located in the former W.E. Stephens Building on Third Avenue. A large public parking lot is available immediately in front of the museum; the museum is handicap accessible.
The Smith County History Book
The original Smith County History Book was created as a project of the Tennessee Homecoming in 1986. It’s been a valuable resource for Smith County history since that time. Thanks to the limited supply of original books (and an increasing demand for such books), the Museum decided to reprint it, creating more copies. The reprint was a one-volume hardback reproduction of the original History Book priced at $100.00 per copy. Proceeds from the sales of those copies went to the Smith County Heritage Museum, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, and The Spot. As of this writing all copies have been sold out, but there is a possibility for an additional printing.
The Smith County Heritage Museum has a well-stocked gift shop, containing a wide variety of Smith County-related items: caps, beanies, and coffee mugs to name a few. The Smith County Heritage Museum also has Christmas ornaments annually, structured around Smith County history.
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