Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee
931.653.4151

Town of
Historic Granville, Tennessee

931.653.4151
Granville Museum
169 Clover Street • Granville, TN 38564
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Johnny and Debbie Mitchell
Antique Tractor Show Honoree Johnny & Debbie Mitchell of Lebanon

Dave Roland
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 granviletn.com.
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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 granvilletn.com.
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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 granvilletn.com or call 931-653-4151.
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The 3rd Annual Granville Cornbread & Moonshine Festival on May 6th will feature
Moonshine Stories of Yesteryear as a special feature of the annual festival. Dr. Op
Walker of Cookeville will share “Dry Hollow Moonshine” stories in the Pioneer
Village at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Walker will share stories of his father Oscar L. Walker
that was a noted moonshiner in Overton County. He walked almost everywhere
he went, carrying as much moonshine as possible. When going on some trips
he rode old Dina his mule. He was known in the Upper Cumberland for the
quality of his moonshine. The picture shows him after he was released from the
Celina Jail where he stood before a judge for delivering his moonshine to the area.
The judge had compassion on Dad and let him go because he was so poor and had to
survive. Walker raised 12 children in which Dr. Walker is the youngest. His dedication
to his family was unmatched. His transition from moonshine was also remarkable.
He became a greens-keeper at the Dayton (Ohio) Country Club. He became a
Christian in 1946 and stopped all connection with alcohol.

Other moonshine storytelling will be done at 11:00 a.m. by Leon Jeans who will
portray Raef Hollister of Andy Griffith Show; 1:00 p.m. by Arno Hatcher of Celina;
and 3:00 p.m. Mayberry Moonshine- Sutton Store Players performing Andy
Griffith scene. Moonshine tasting will be done Short Mountain Distillery
And Jug Creek Distillery of Wilson County. Also on display will be the General
Lee and the Hazzard County Patrol Car of Dukes of Hazzard. For more information
Call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.

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