The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company was founded by Colonel W. B. Townsend. History tells us that in 1903 his wife Margaret Townsend introduced the Christmas tree to the area now known as Townsend, Tennessee. Margaret Townsend was known for her interest in the mountain people and her generosity. It is appropriate during the holidays to recognize the influence Margaret had on the community. We cherish this rich history and celebrate with Christmas at the Museum each Saturday night from Thanksgiving to Christmas from 5-7 pm come to see the lights, model railroad, Santa, Crafts, history, and more fun! In case of inclement weather please check Facebook for possible cancellation.