Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee

Town of
Historic Granville, Tennessee

Granville Museum
169 Clover Street • Granville, TN 38564

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2017 Grits and Glitz

Picture Caption:  All Good Baskets of Algood will be featured at the Historic Granville Glitz & Grits Barn Sale 

Left Cathy Ferrell, Right Vicki Matheny, Seated Tricia Lee

The Grits and Glitz Shopping Extravaganza to be held June 9 and 10 in Historic Granville located on the banks of beautiful Cordell Hull Lake, will offer one-of-a kind finds! This show features antiques, vintage items, handmade products, repurposed, jewelry, boutique items at box store prices, garden plants, yard art, homemade soaps and lotions, demonstrations by craftsmen and artists, music and food. Grits and Glitz features thirty plus knowledge vendors who share who will be happy to share information with you.
Visitors will have an opportunity to observe demonstrations by local artists and craftsmen. Cathy Ferrell, Vicki Matheny, and Tricia Lee (pictured) will demonstrate the lost art of basket weaving. Skip and Susan Peek from Kentucky, skilled broom makers will customize a broom for you and even allow you to assist in making your broom. Susan demonstrates the art of weaving beautiful handmade socks. While observing Kelsey Carey making her beautiful pottery, you will marvel at her detailed work. Prepare for your outdoor camping by taking a lesson in outdoor cooking by Larry and Brenda Edmondson. These talented craftsmen will be happy to sell their unique items.
Historic Granville is pleased to feature for the first time in middle Tennessee, Signatures Bridal and Formal Shop from Middlesboro, KY bringing vintage wedding dresses and formal wear. She is also featuring a trunk show from Made in the Deep South Jewelry Line. This unique jewelry line is "one of a kind" pieces for women who strive to express a personal style. The creator starts with a vintage or antique piece collected from all over the world and some dating back to the 1800's. Each piece comes with a story card telling the history of the piece. Presently, this jewelry is only available at two shopping locations in middle Tennessee. Signatures will be located inside the Granville Museum, a new location for a new must see vendor who will help you plan your wedding!
The Pioneer Village area has been expanded this year to include surrounding areas. We offer ample vendor space with rustic charm, a fenced area, and unique spaces for local craftsmen demonstrations. Saturday will feature live music from 10AM-2PM brought to you by Tex-R-Cana, a local must hear group who can sing your favorite songs. Food available; cooked on a grill on site, from food vendors, and in Sutton General Store.
Friday shopping hours are 1-7PM and Saturday 9AM-5PM. Free parking provided, admission $5.00, a special two day pass is available for $8.00.
T.B. Sutton General , Granville Gifts and Granville Antique Shop will have items for barn sale specials, and the Sutton Homestead Guided Tour will provide a discount to barn sale participants.
Historic Granville has a proven history of hosting successful festivals and events. Check out Grits and Glitz Facebook page to learn more about the vendors.
Jimmy Thompson

Picture Caption: Uncle Jimmy Thompson stand by T Model Ford Truck given to him by Henry Ford

The 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27th will again feature the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival. Uncle Jimmy Thompson from the Granville Community was one of the first performers on the Grand Ole Opry. He was a noted fiddle Player and performed for Henry Ford in Texas. Mr. Ford ask him to come to Detroit to perform for the President of the United States. He did and afterwards Mr. Ford took him to the Ford Automobile Plant and told him to pick any automobile In the plant. He picked the Ford Truck and added a camper on it traveling the United States playing his fiddle and telling the story of the Grand Ole Opry.

The Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival will have new competition this year with the Grand Champion Fiddle Competition. The winner of the competition will play center stage at the Birthplace of Country Music during a Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Night at the Ryman Auditorium. Registration for the event will be on the 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 at Pruett Stage in Historic Granville. Each contestant will perform three songs: breakdown, waltz and fiddlers choice.  The entry fee if $5.00 with first place receiving $225.00, second place $175.00 and third place $125.00. For more information call Sam Stout 931-265-5811 or Mike Singleton 615-202-8383. The show is made possible by Bates Ford of Lebanon, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, WSM Radio and Friends of the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour.

Bluegrass bands will also be performing during the day starting at 10:0 a.m. with Old Way Out Bluegrass Band, Giri & Uma Peters and Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge performing. The Festival will also honor at noon Granville native fiddle player Eldon Burgess who is noted fiddle player in the Upper Cumberland. The every week Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Dinner Show will feature on May 27th Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge with dinner at 5:00 and 6:30 with music beginning at 6:00 p.m Followed by radio taping at 7:00 p.m. For reservations call 931-653-4151. Granville Heritage Day also features a large Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Show, Crafts, Craftsmen, Children Entertainment & Rides, Parade, Great Food and a historic Riverboat town operating at its very best. For more information visit or call 931-653-4151.
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Antique Tractor Show Honoree Johnny & Debbie Mitchell of Lebanon

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Antique Car Honoree Honoree Dave Roland of Cookeville

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Antique Car Show Memorial Honoree Bryan Dyer of Lebanon

The 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27th will again be hosting one of Tennessee
Largest Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Shows. This years show will honor three of
the best antique collectors in Middle Tennessee. The Antique Tractor Show will
honor Johnny & Debbie Mitchell of Lebanon. Johnny has had a strong interest
In tractors since his childhood and has the Farmall F-12 that he used as a child
at home. They have been collecting since their marriage in the early 1980’s.
They are charter members of the Tennessee International Harvester Collectors
and have been very involved in the leadership of this organization. They
will have part of their Farmall collection on display at the Antique Tractor Show.

The Antique Car Show 2017 Honoree is Dave Roland of Cookeville. Dave fell
In love with cars when he purchased his first car in 1974 which was a 1967 Yellow
Mustang for $450.00 by washing dishes at Tennessee Tech University.
Dave has a large collection as well as a service station museum he has created
in Cookeville. His most favorite automobile that he owns is his 1933 Chevrolet
School Bus. This automobile is enjoyed by ages 3 to 80 and it is his pleasure
to let others enjoy it. Dave will have part of his collection on display at the show.

The Memorial Honoree for this years show is the late Bryan Dyer of Lebanon
which had one of the most unique collections in Tennessee. His wife Velda is
keeping his memory going with her sharing of this collection as well as
continuing to maintain the collection. His collection consist of award winning
1934 Chrysler Convertible Rumble Seat Coupe, 1940 Plymouth, 1934 Dodge Pickup,
and 1933 Chrysler. Bryan became a expert on Mopar Dodge, Chrsyler, Plymouth
and Desoto automobiles.

The 19th Granville Heritage Day will also feature the Uncle Jimmy Thompson
Bluegrass Festival, Craftsmen in the Pioneer Village, Living History Demonstrations
Of the 1860’s, Crafts, Children Entertainment & Rides, Parade, Memorial Service,
1940’s in Granville featuring Memories of the 1940’s at Granville Museum,
1880 Historic Home featuring “World War II Maneuvers- They Came as Strangers
And Left as Friends”, 1940 Automobiles and Diarama at Car Museum, Tennessee
State Museum Traveling Exhibit “Slave & Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation”,
Great food, great shopping in unique stops and 1880 Sutton General Store and much
More. For more information please call 931-653-4151 or
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Picture Caption: 19th Granville Heritage Day will feature Bruce Carter’s 1915 Model T Ford on May 27th

The 19th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 27th will have the theme “The 1940’s: A Decade of Change”. The event has become one of Middle Tennessee’s largest annual festivals and known for the Antique Car & Tractor Show, Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, Parade ,Craftsmen, Crafts, Children Events and a Memorial Service. This years festival will feature a 1915 Model T Ford that has a great Granville history. Bruce Carter recently purchased a 1915 Model T Ford that is exactly like the one his father J. N. Carter of Granville had. The car had a unique story as it was first owned by T. B. Sutton owner of Sutton General Store. It was Mr. Sutton’s first automobile and he owned it for many years with it being always on the streets of Granville. After J. N. Carter purchased it was a used in Granville for many special functions such as the  1954 Dr. L. M. Freeman Parade. The 1915 automobile will again lead the parade at 2:00 p.m. on May 27th. Heritage Day features a Antique Car Show with 53 classes of competition and is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest antique shows.

This years Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival will have a new feature as it offers the Grand Champion Fiddle Competition with the winner to play center stage at Birthplace of Country Music during a Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Night at the Ryman Auditorium.  The Bluegrass Festival will also honor Granville native Eldon Burgess who is a noted fiddle player. The festival will also feature some of the best bluegrass bands in Middle Tennessee.

Historic Granville is currently hosting the Tennessee State Museum exhibit “Slaves and Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation “ at the Granville Museum which will be in Granville thru May 31st. Granville is celebrating the 1940’s during 2017 with Memories of the 1940’s at Granville Museum, World War II Manuevers- They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends at 1880 Sutton Historic Home and 1940’s automobiles at Antique Car Museum. Historic Granville is open each week Wednesday thru Friday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. with SuttonGeneral Store opening at 10:00 a.m. each day serving lunch. For  more information on Granville and the Heritage Day call 931-653-4151 or

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