The Museum of Appalachia is offering free admission to veterans and active-duty military today, Veterans Day, and many restaurants and stores are offering free meals and discounts.
“We appreciate those who risk their lives for our country,” said Elaine Meyer, president of the Museum of Appalachia. “This is one way to recognize these people and show that we appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made.”
The deals offered to veterans and stores and restaurants is included in a list forwarded by Anderson County Commissioner Steve Mead and Mary Murphy, the county commission’s chief deputy. It’s available here: Veterans Day Deals 2013.
The mission of the Museum of Appalachia is to preserve Appalachian heritage for future generations. Historical offerings of particular interest to veterans are displays on the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, as well as some other military ventures.
A German M1908/15 Maxim light machine gun captured by Sgt. Alvin C. York in the closing days of World War I is housed in the museum’s Hall of Fame, along with other York artifacts.
The museum also includes exhibits on early gun-making, blacksmithing, sawmilling, carpentry, coopering, leatherworking, basket making, and other pioneer skills.
Visitors may take a self-guided tour of the museum’s extensive village-farm complex with some three dozen historic log structures, display buildings filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, gardens, and farm animals, all in a picturesque setting surrounded by split-rail fences.
Shoppers may browse for regional books and unique hand-made gifts in the shop at the Museum of Appalachia. Guests can enjoy a warm fire while eating a country lunch, served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum restaurant; drinks and Southern, home-made desserts are available all day.
November hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving Day). The museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122. For more information, call (865) 494-7680, or visit the website at www.museumofappalachia.org.