Paul Murray Gallery and Appalachian Museum

In the middle of the largest & oldest Arts & Crafts Trail.  2.5 miles up Glades Rd (off 321 Hwy)  the big barn on left is ours turn left 300 ft....Ya'll come fer a visit.  Paul Murray has dedicated his life to preserving a simpler way of life.....In a traditional 1800 mountain home, artist Paul Murray preserves and portrays the traditions and ways of the Southern Appalachian folk.  Capturing the last few true mountaineers, still living as their forfathers did, intense emotion displays the wisdom and respect deserved by the last survivors of our pioneer beginnings.  Come live in the past, see tools, cloths, and crafts made by them.  "Red" storytells while settin' on the porch with wife Wilma. Here our 84 yr old mountain man, tells of the ways of old, the way they live off the land, of tales and yarns and good old fashioned fun. All apart of the historical venue, all created by selftaught artist Paul Murray. He dedicated his life since age 13, to preserving this American history.  He recreated the home and grounds to suit, from the 100 yr old chestnut rails, the old fashioned gardens, log cabins, evestroughs made of things handy and hand made, newspapered walls, hand made rods and curtains, and typical hand made furniture of the era.....Hopefully what you will remember most is the good time you had enjoying old thymes, while discovering the masterful talent of our modern day Rembrandt. Each painting and person has a wonderfully interesting story, that will shed light on the Appalachian people:  eg. come view beautiful 103 "Aunt Emily" who's never been more than 6 miles from home, She hangs on the walls in pencil and paint, in a home like the one she may have lived in.  Ask the staff about her chicken tree.!!!!!.

 

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Latitude: 35.7522243 Longitude: -83.4452176 Elevation: 1549 ft
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Kati-Jane Murray

Seasons Open

All year & by Appointment

Hours Open

10:30 to 5pm

Fees

FREE

Eco-Friendly Notes

We do things by hand as much as possible, reuse all materials, pretty much like the mountain people of Appalachia used to.  Weren't they the first people to go green??  So by telling stories of the ways they lived we are educating tourists on eco-friendly practices, they may never thought of.

We are a qualified Green member with the Chamber of Gatlinburg, with many great attributes to keeping Eco-friendly now and in the future

ADA Accessibility Notes

The home is a rehab from a historical family home in the area. It was brought back to original design, so doorways are small ....the backdoor can get a manual chair in it. Railings help those up the 5 steps at the front door, lots of room to sit and enjoy on porch, inside and out.  It was ready to go to ruins, we fixed her up with love and historical care, right down to the found wood in the barn to repair, roofs and floors and the old newspaper to replace on  the walls, were we found papers back to 1860 or so.  Old path warn floors and warbly glass windows, fireplaces and woodstoves all tell a story of the 2 families that lived there...yes only 2 other families in all that time....great stories of their history and character is shared as well....with respect to the living relatives of course.

Pet Friendly Notes

Animals are welcomed on the grounds as long as everyone is leashed and picks up after themselves

Comments

The Paul Murray Gallery is a spiritual experience. When you enter the old cabin you are instantly transported to another place in time. When you roam the rooms and look at the people in the paintings and drawings you can actually feel the hardship and the happiness that they experienced. It gives you a deep appreciation of the people of this region and a love for the mountains and if you look real close you may see the artist outside tending to his land.

Lisa Torres, 7/29/2011

My husband and I own one of his paintings and every morning we look at it and remember how it used to be. We simply adore his style and the work that he is doing. He is a true artist with a God given talent.

Kenneth and Veleria Langbehn, 7/29/2011

The experience of knowing people like the ones Paul loves to paint is a blessing all it’s own. We adore his work and enjoy the company of the artist and his wife. They truly nice people. Take a look back in time and know that some tings endure forever.

Mike and Marty Borton, 11/2/2013

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