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Friday, January 20, 2006

The Scottish Tartans Museum

If you are of Scottish heritage or just curious about the Scots or just love museums, the next time you’re in the Smoky Mountains you’ve got to check out the “The Scottish Tartans Museum.”

A visit to the Scottish Tartans Museum and Gift Shop in the Smoky Mountains is a stroll through the history and culture of Scotland. Our 4800 square foot location on Main Street in downtown Franklin, NC, showcases a large Museum area as well as an expansive Gift Shop .

The Museum was founded by Scottish Tartans Society, formed in Scotland in 1963 to “study the origins, history and development of tartans.” The Society has two museums--one in Keith, Scotland, and one in Franklin, NC.

The Franklin Museum not only displays Scottish Tartans, but covers various aspects of the Scottish experience -- culture, history, dress, migration and military.

Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.

Tartan research questions may be submitted to We do our best to answer all enquiries in the order they are received. If you are interested in researching the recommended tartan for a particular surname, or would like a full color print out of your tartan, with thread count and other information, click here.

Franklin's 12 Annual Robert Burns Dinner

Come celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday with the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum on Saturday, January 28th, 2006 at Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian church, beginning with the Parade of Tartans at 5:30 PM.

Robert Burns, a Scottish poet, was born 247 years ago. His songs and poems were written in the old dialect and his works served to preserve a piece of Scottish culture. For this reason, his memory is still honored each year around the world wherever Scots gather. This will be the 12th year that Franklin has held their Burns Night celebration.

Time is short. Get your tickets at Peoples Department Store, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, or the Scottish Tartans Museum at $25.00 per person. This includes a Scottish Dinner with Haggis side-dish, traditional toasts, readings from Burns, door prizes, and entertainment. Scottish attire is encouraged but not required. However a desire for traditional Scottish food and fun is required.

Deadline for reservations: January 23rd, 2006. Phone the Museum at (828)524-7472 for more information.

To learn more about Robert Burns check out The Burns Encylcopedia.

The Scottish Tartans Museum
Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday
10:00am to 5:00pm

Museum Admission $1.00
Children 10 and under FREE

86 East Main St.
Franklin NC 29734

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