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
Sutton Homestead Open Wed – Fri 12-3 PM, Sat 12-5 PM


Nigh Owls FCE Members L-R:  Janet Massey, Pat Bush and Jessie Goad

Historic Granville annually has the Festival of Trees at Granville Museum with some 20 beautiful  Christmas trees decorated.  This year Smith County Elmwood/Chestnut Mound and Night Owls FCE Clubs each decorated a Christmas tree for the Festival of Trees. The trees they decorated are some Of the most unique trees in the exhibit.  The clubs also participated in creating scarecrows for the Scarecrow Festival.  Liz Bennett, Vice President Of Granville Museum stated that both clubs had created wonderful exhibits for both events and demonstrated a great commitment to give back to the community.  The Festival of Trees is open Wednesday thru Friday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Historic Granville Sutton Homestead Historic Home is also featuring Rockin Around the Christmas Tree as the 1880 home is decorated with Christmas Trees in each Room in a 1950's fashion as well as exhibiting a great exhibit on I Love Lucy.  The Homestead also is featuring a 1950's antique toy show at the Antique Car Museum.  Sutton General Store is featuring a great Christmas Lunch Wednesday thru Saturday from now to Christmas.  For more information Call 931-653-4151.

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Historic Granville received a special gift from Santa last week as 175 Christmas Characters arrived in Granville which has become “Christmas Characters on Parade”.  The Village of Historic Granville has been turned into a Winter Wonderland this week wth some 175 hand painted Christmas Characters that has decorated the town.  A few weeks ago David Harris a tour bus driver was in Granville with a group he was driving for and shared with volunteers that his mother had something that Granville needed for the Christmas season.  When he returned home he sent pictures of a Winter Wonderland that his parents Pete & Ethel Sterry of Portland had created since the early 1990’s.  They had developed a Winter Wonderland at their home in Portland that had been a major Christmas Event until Mr. Sterry passed away nine years ago.  Since that time it had remained in their storage building until this past fall when Mrs. Sterry decided that she wanted to do something with the wonderful display.  She spent three months hand painting each character making them looking like brand new.  Granville Museum worked out an agreement to purchase the characters from her as she wanted them used for the enjoyment of everyone during the Christmas Season. 

Historic Granville has developed “Christmas Characters on Parade” which is a walking or driving tour that can be done during the day or night beginning on November 21st thru December 31st .  The Parade will begin at the intersection of Clover Street and Highway 53 coming up Clover Street following directional signs.  The parade is around the entire block of the Sutton Homestead and Pioneer Village.  There is no admission charge for the parade and donations are accepted in a donation box on the street.  The Parade of Characters is some unique characters of Christmas with Santa, Nativity Scenes, Disney Characters and many other characters of the Christmas Season. They are displayed in front of historic buildings decorated in a grand fashion with decorative street lights.  A special character feature is Conway Twitty on front of Whistle Stop Saloon, Elvis Presley on front of Sutton General Store and Ronnie McDowell on front of Granville Museum all which are singing Christmas Music.


Regardless of your age Granville is the place to visit during the 2018 Christmas Season.  Other features of the 2018 Rockin Around the Christmas Tree theme in Granville is Festival of Trees at Granville Museum featuring 20 beautiful decorated Christmas trees, 1880 Sutton Historic Home Tours featuring 1950’s Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, 1950’s Antique Toy Show at the Antique Car Museum, Christmas lunch Wednesday Thru Saturday at 1865 Sutton General Store and great shopping at the shops of Granville.  Another special day in Granville will be Granville Country Christmas on December 8th with four Christmas Musicals, Rides for Children, Santa Workshop and special shopping for parents for children.  A special Christmas Parade will be at 2:00 p.m. and Glenn Watts Christmas Tree Lighting at 4:45.  Sutton Ole Time Music Hour is have special Christmas Bluegrass Dinner Shows each Saturday night in December.  For more information call 931-653-4511 or

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Granville Quilt Festival honors Betty Robinson on October 6.

The 17th Annual Granville Quilt Festival on October 6th will offer 20 categories of competition for quilters in Middle Tennessee.  One of Tennessee's largest quilt festivals occurs In the 1896 Granville United Methodist Church.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards in each category with best of show awards as well.  The show also pays $100.00 to the guild, club or group that has the most entries in the show.  Quilts can be entered on October 4th at Gainesboro, Livingston, Cookeville, Carthage, Granville and Lebanon.  Please see website for times and locations for entries

The annual show honors present quilters and a memorial honoree as well.  The 2018 Quilt Show Honoree is Betty Robinson of Cookeville who is a noted quilter throughout the Upper Cumberland.  She started embroidery when she was 8 years old.  She would pick up her mother's sewing when she would go to the kitchen to cook and put some stiches in.  From that early start, she kept learning as she grew, and when she was married used her talents to make clothes for her daughter.  After her daughter grew us she joined a quilt Guild and continued learning.  In 1994 her family moved to Tennessee and she joined the Cookeville Crazy Quilters.  She continues today with the Golden Needles quilting guild In Gainesboro, working on pieces for family and friends as well as working on prayer quilts for her church Washington Avenue Baptist.  Betty has been a leader in the Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival and has been a great supporter of the Granville Quilt Festival.  On October 6 some 20 of her quilts will be on display in the alter of the Methodist Church.

The 2018 Memorial Honoree is the late Betty Green of Overton County.  She quilted as a child and continued as she raised three children.  She left her family a large number Of 100% handmade historical quilts she had made over her life.  Some of these quilts will be on display at the Methodist Church.  Betty is the grandmother of Jeremy Curtis Who wife Brenda is the manager of Historic Granville.

The show will be open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 6th with these two ladies being honored at the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Pruett Stage.  The festival will also Feature Quilt Benches of Granville, Special Quilt display on porches of Granville, Sutton General Store and Granville Museum.  Quilting demonstrations will be during the day With a special sale at the Quilters Attic at Sutton General Store.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

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Jazz on the Cumberland on October 6 to feature "RendezGroove" from the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band

The 19th Granville Fall Celebration on October 6th will again feature Jazz on the Cumberland" at Granville Veterans Park with a full day of great Jazz Music.  The event will begin at 11:00 a,.m. with the Jackson County High School Jazz Band, 11:30 a.m. The Big Band Sound, 1:00 p.m. "RendezGroove" from the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band, 2:30  Veterans Appreciation Service- Honoring 1950's Veterans and 2:45 p.m. The Blue Brokers.  A great day of jazz on the banks of The Cumberland River with a great setting.  Also from this location will be Historic Boat Rides by Granville Paddle and Board which will be a 45 minutes boat ride with tales of Granville from a water perspective with cost of $15.00 per person.  For reservations call 615-714-4977.

The Celebration will also have a full day of music at Pruett Stage beginning with gospel music at 10:00 a.m. featuring New Life Quartet and Beyond the Call, Immanuel Baptist Church, 10:45 Community Kidz Choir, 11:30 Linwood Road, 12:15 Tex R Cana, 1:00 p.m. Heart & Soul- 1950's Music, 2:00 p.m. Tex R Cana, 3:00 p.m. Heart & Sould 1950's Music and 4:00 p.m. Joe Holt & The Short Mountain Boys Bluegrass Band.  The day will conclude with the Sutton Ole Time

Music Hour Bluegrass Dinner Show with dinner at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. with warm up show at 6:00 p.m. and radio taping at 7:00 p.m.   Dinner reservations are required by calling 931-653-4151.

Granville Fall Celebration will also feature the Grand Opening of the 6th Annual Granville Scarecrow Festival which will be thru October 27th, Ralph Maddux Memorial Motorcycle Show, Granville Quilt Festival, Old Time Craftsmen Festival, "I Have A Voice" Tennessee Africian American Heritage Exhibit from Tennessee State Museum, I Love Lucy Traveling Exhibit at Historic Sutton Home and Memories of the 1950's.  The celebration features craft booths, great food and Children rides, petting zoo and much more.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

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