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“very interesting history of the area”

Homesteads Tower Museum
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Crossville
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This landmark structure was built in 1937-1938 to house the administrative offices of the Cumberland Homesteads, a project of FDR’s New Deal. It is located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN at the junction of Highways 127S and 68. The octagonal stone tower houses a 50,000 gallon water tank and a winding stairway that leads to a lookout platform at the top. Museum exhibits are displayed on the ground floor including photos, documents, and artifacts from the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Reviewed 22 January 2018

I was surprised that I did not know the history behind the homesteads and I found it extremely interesting - spent a few hours there reading and looking at the exhibits

Thank dgriff2016
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"great depression"
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"depression era"
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"homestead act"
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"short video"
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"lots of history"
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"eleanor roosevelt"
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"interesting place to visit"
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"american history"
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"water tank"
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"state park"
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"homestay"
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"deal"
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

A great visit to this museum. The people on staff there were very helpful in giving you good information about the history of the area and the facility. We have been to it several times and each time we learn something different. I would urge anyone to take a look.

1  Thank Tamale2
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

What an interesting place, with an interesting history lesson. I thought I knew a lot about FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Depression Era, but this place taught me even more. And coupled with Tennessee history, it was great. I would highly recommend it as a stop to learn more of the area and the Homestead Act.

1  Thank Harleysis
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

The museum contained artifacts, written, audio and video history lessons. And when you climb to the top of the lighthouse-type tower, the view is splendid. The price was only a couple of dollars. Well worth the cost.

2  Thank Janet B
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Looking for unusual place to stop while traveling across Tennessee. Visitor Center staff recommended this place. Interesting look at an aspect of life during the Depression. The exhibits were very interesting and the staff member was very knowledgeable. Climbed the tower and got a great view of the area.

Thank Marianne L
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