Today our quarterly Great Smoky Mountains Association meeting was in Bryson City, NC. After a great lunch at Cork and Bean, we moved to the old courthouse for several hours of discussion.
The old courthouse is a stately building, constructed in 1908. It’s been empty for many years. But now it’s taking on new life as a visitor center, museum and (tah-dah) Smoky Association bookstore.
The Association will outfit a new store on the ground level of the Swain County visitor center. This will give park visitors entering the Smokies at Bryson City a chance to buy maps, books and get some instructions on where to find things.
Upstairs, Swain County is going to tell their story. Now they’re trying to get long-time residents to donate historic artifacts. Someone donated an old log cabin which they’ve put back together again in the large room on the 2nd floor. It’s quite impressive.
The museum is slated to come together and open around Labor Day. People will come just to see the inside of the building. And when they get here, they can buy a book and T-shirt from the Association.