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

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Picture No. 1- Larry King 2018 Honoree of Car Show exhibits his 1958 Chevrolet Convertible

Picture No. 2- Don Scott 2018 Honoree of Tractor Show exhibit his John Deere 420  Tractor


The 20th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 26th entitled “Flashback to the Fifties, Cruising & Dancing”  will feature the annual Antique Car and Tractor Show.  The show has become


one of=f  Tennessee’s largest shows and will offer 57 classes of competition for Antique Cars & Trucks.  Cars may be entered in the show on May 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at 6800

Granville Highway, Granville on the banks of the Cordell Hull Lake.  The first 300 cars to enter will receive a dash plaque with entry fee of $15.00.  Three place trophies will be awarded

in each class of competition with Best of Show awards.  The show will honor Larry King of Hendersonville who has a collection of 40 antique cars which are very rare with nine of those

being convertibles.  Larry was raised on a farm in Kentucky and was raised hard with nothing but wanting everything.  His favorite car is the one pictured which is a 1958 Chevrolet

convertible 6 cyclinder three speed making it very rare.  His most rare automobile is his 1964 ½ Mustang Convertible with 30,000 miles which was made before the show date of

Mustangs.  Larry loved to drive his antiques and loves his convertibles.  He will have eight automobiles on exhibit at the show on May 26th.  The show will also honor the memory

of two long time antique car collectors of Lebanon Raymond Tomlinson and Johnny Knowles.

The show is sponsored by Shenandoah Mills, Lebanon and O’Reilly Auto Parts of Carthage.  Class sponsors of the show are Bates Ford, Lebanon, Rockie Williams Premier Dodge,

Chrysler, Jeep, of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County Chevrolet, Buick, GMC & Hyundai of Lebanon and Diamond Plastics of Lebanon.  For more information on the show call 931-653-4511


The Antique Tractor Show will honor Don Scott of White House who has a collection of seven antique tractors.  In 2001 he went to a antique tractor show and got inspired to restore

one himself.  He bought a 1935 John Deere Model B, tore it down and restored it.  Since that time he has restored several tractors of different brands but mostly John Deere

2 cyclinder models.  He will have part of his collection on display at the show on May 26th.  The tractors how will have special awards for the following: Oldest, Longest Driven,

Ugliest (must run), Youngest Exhibitor (Must be able to drive alone), Oldest Exhibitor, Brandon Powell John Deere Award and Hugh Dixon Farmall Award.  There will also be awards

for engines as well.  The show is sponsored by Hix Brother’s Tractor Service, Cookeville and trophy sponsor is O’Reilly Auto Parts.  For more information on the show call

Steve Koons at 615-449-5002.

Heritage Day will feature a parade at 2:00 p.m. with a special feature of 1955 Dr. Freeman Parade being reenacted.  Heritage Day also features the Uncle Jimmy Thompson

Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Competition, Craft Booths, Children Rides & Events, Old Time Craftsmen, great food, historic buildings, 1950’s exhibits, I Love Lucy exhibits

And much more.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

The 20th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 26th will have the annual Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival  as one of the featured events of the day.  The

Bluegrass Festival will be a full day of bluegrass competition as well as bluegrass bands performing.  The festival will be at the Pruett Stage featuring the following:

10:00 a.m. Bilbreys, 11:00 a.m. Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, 11:30 Jolly String Quartet, 12:30 Honoring of Marty & Charmine Lanham.  At 1:00 p.m. will be the Uncle

Jimmy Thompson Grand Champion Fiddle Competition.  Registration for the competition will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with entry fee of $5.00.  The prize money

for winners will be $225.00 for first, $175.00 for second and $125.00 for third with the winner performing center stage at the Birthplace of Bluegrass Music during

Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Show on June 21, 2018 with Dailey and Vincent.  For more information on the competition visit

Following competition the following will perform at  2:30 p.m. Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, 3:00 Jolly String Quartet, 4:00 p.m. Ida Clare Bluegrass Band.

The festival is honored to have the opportunity to honor Marty and Charmaine Lanham.  Marty has been involved in almost every aspect of bluegrass music in

Tennessee for the past 45 years.  He co-founded with his wife Charmaine the Station Inn in Nashville in 1974, the longest running bluegrass venue in the world.  His career includes banjo

player in Wilma Lee Cooper’s Clinch Mountain Clan. Charmaine was Executive Director and co-founder of the Nashville Bluegrass Music Association.  She produced

the first bluegrass concert at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  She has been playing guitar in bluegrass bands since 1974.  Marty and Charmaine have performed

with his band at the Dixie Café in Byrdstown since introducing bluegrass music there in 2004.

The Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Bates Ford of Lebanon, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Wildwood Resort & Marina Granville and Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman.   The bluegrass festival chairman is Jimmy Bilbrey and you can contact him at 931-510-7770.  The weekly Sutton Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show will occur on

May 26th featuring Ida Clare Bluegrass Band performing.  Reservations are available by calling 931-653-4151.

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20th Granville Heritage Day May 26th entitled "Flashback to the
Fifties:  Cruising, Singing, Dancing" featuring "I love Lucy"

The 20th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 26th will be a grand Celebration of 1950’s as Historic Granville focuses on 1950’s during 2018.  The festival

has become one of Tennessee’s largest each year will again host a 57 class Antique Car Show on the banks of the Cordell Hull Lake, Antique Tractor Show

and the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Grand Champion Fiddle Contest.  Granville is currently hosting a large I Love Lucy Exhibit during 2018 which is a 30 year

collection of Richard & Linda Cox of Sparta.  Pictured are scarecrows of Lucy and Ricky that have just been created by Cynthia Matthews of Granville

to introduce the I Love Lucy Exhibit at Sutton Store, Granville Museum and Sutton Homestead Historic Home tour Strolling Through the 1950’s. 

This annual festival we will featuring a full day of bluegrass music, children rides, petting zoo, children’s entertainment, parade, craft booths,

great food, and much more.  New features to this years festival will be tours of historic buildings which will include Granville Mercantile building

which is currently being restored, Granville Presbyterian Church Building and Dr. L. M. Freeman office building.  A new event will be the recreation

Of Dr. Freeman Day July 24, 1955 at the Dr. Freeman Office.  Granville will honor the memory of Dr. Freeman as well as all the babies that he

Delivered in his long practice time in Granville.  If Dr. Freeman delivered you please call 931-653-4511 as a list is being developed and you are

asked to be at ceremony at 1:00 p.m. and be part of the Dr. Freeman parade at 2:00 p.m. on May 26th.  Granville is also hosting till June 1st

“Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature” traveling exhibit from East Tennessee History Museum, Knoxville at the Granville

Museum.   For more information call 931-653-4151 or

Log Canoe TN State Museum

This dugout canoe, one of only two known to exist in Tennessee, was pulled from the Cumberland River at Holleman's Bend, near present day Granville in Jackson County, in the late 1700's.

Made from a single yellow poplar tree harvested on near by Canoe Hill, it remained in the same family and was preserved by using it as a feeding trough for farm animals.

Acquired through a purchase donation from John Sisk and Dennis Burgess, 1991.

Granville 2018 cemetery decoration

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