Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee

Town of
Historic Granville, Tennessee

Granville Museum
169 Clover Street • Granville, TN 38564
Come see why people from all over the south visit the Sutton General Store, Granville Museum, Antique Car Museum, Sutton House,
and antique shops! On the waterfront just an hour outside Nashville — Historic Granville, TN — a place you’ll want to call home.
OPEN Wed - Fri 10AM-3PM, Sat 10AM-5PM

Genealogy Festival

GENEALOGY FESTIVAL and Family Reunion - April 14, 2018

Mark your calendar for the fifth Genealogy Festival and Family Reunion.  The event will provide an opportunity for genealogical research and speakers on historical topics.  Representatives from research organizations will also be speaking.  Families are enouraged to plan for booths and family reunions.

At last year's Festival, genealogists from seven states shared their researh and participated in the weekend of festivities.  This year's Festival promises to include new events and new participants.  More information will be available on this site as it develops.


The Granville Museum received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission partnered with fellow Tennessee Livability Collaborative Members, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, and the Tennessee Department of Health to preserve Granville's history through storytelling.  This Storytelling Project will be showcased at the Genealogy Festival.  Meet the storytellers, hear readings from the book, and view the video.  Times and details will be announced later.


The information below was from the 2017 festival.

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2017 Genealogy Festival schedule 29105 page 001

2017 Genealogy Festival brochure revised9116 page 001
2017 Genealogy Festival brochure revised9116 page 002

John Baker JB.jpeg Author, genealogy expert and historian, John F. Baker Jr. was born in 1962, in Springfield, Tennessee and has lived his entire life just a few miles from Wessyngton Plantation, in a town populated by hundreds of descendants of its slaves. His book, The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom, was published by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster.  When Baker was in the seventh grade, he discovered the story of his ancestors when he saw a photograph of four former slaves in his social studies textbook.  Months later he learned that they were his grandmother’s paternal grandparents, Emanuel and Henny Washington, who were once enslaved on Wessyngton Plantation.  The plantation was founded in 1796 by Joseph Washington, a distant cousin of President Washington.  He has interviewed dozens of individuals ranging from 80 to 107 years old to collect their oral histories.  He studied more than 11,000 documents to trace the lives of his ancestors, the Washington family and more than 300 other African Americans enslaved on Wessyngton Plantation, the largest tobacco plantation in America. For more than thirty years through extensive historical research, Baker has created a groundbreaking work in African American history and American history.

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