Do you like Bush's Best Baked Beans? We love them. In fact, that is the only kind of baked beans I buy. We have tried others and we just don't like them. So, when driving to Pigeon Forge via US-411, we just had to stop at Bush Brothers Visitor Center. Unfortunately, we arrived 30 minutes too late and didn't get to go in. That was okay, we decided we would stop by on our way home.
We swung by on our way to Interstate 40 via traveling down US-411. This is a nice stretch of country side, so make sure you visit.
The museum is free and very nicely done. The hours are typically 10am to 3pm for the museum, 10am to 4pm for the café, and 10am to 5pm for the store. Check their website to make sure you don't come to late, like we did the first time! http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/visitors-center
We were greeted by friendly folks in the store and shown to the museum. The movie explaining the Bush's Best Factory had just started and we enjoyed seeing what the factory looks like and how production of our favorite baked beans are done.
After the movie, we made our way into the museum and learned more about the Bush family and the cannery. We learned that the baked beans were not part of the original Bush Brother's canned variety. Condon Bush is responsible for the baked beans and it is quite the story.
After visiting the museum, we browsed the General Mercantile Store and then had lunch at the café. It is well worth it to come hungry and eat there. The food was good and plentiful.
We will definitely stop back by this little gem!