Jenny Lynn Keller
Are you a spontaneous road trip type of person? Someone who packs a cooler with lunch and drinks, hops in the car, and goes exploring without a plan? I am, and I found a gem on the last outing. A place I’ve driven by for years and never stopped—The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee. No, this is not one of those sneaky advertisements. My family enjoyed our visit, and I want to share what we found. With the kids out of school for the summer, you may be searching for family fun ideas, so here’s a place for entertainment and learning. The Center focuses on preserving the Smoky Mountains culture and history and presenting the past to everyone. At one convenient place on “the peaceful side of the Smokies,” you’ll find music, storytelling, hands-on activities, crafts, and history exhibits you can touch. Check out the Center’s summer schedule of events at www.gsmheritagecenter.org.
Some of my favorite childhood memories are family trips to historical forts, battlefields, and houses where my classroom studies came alive through visiting the places where the events happened. Those trips sparked my love of history, traveling, and learning along the way. Proverbs 18:15 says, “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.” Yeah, I’m all for a little more listening and learning . . . and family fun.
Now it’s your turn on this Southern-fried Friday night. Tell us about one of your favorite road trips.