Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee
931.653.4151

Town of
Historic Granville, Tennessee

931.653.4151
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

Latest News

USO Show

Historic Granville will have the Grand Opening Celebration of Remembering the 1940’s on April 8th.  This special day will feature the World War II Musical performers Freedom Belles as they p
erform their show “I’ll Be Seeing You” at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m..  The Freedom Belles are a trio performing music of the World War II time in our history. They travel nationwide performing a show that celebrates and commemorates history.  Their musical show includes patriotic music, music of Andrew Sisters and much more.  They are known for their musical performances to recreate the USS0 shows of World War II.  Granville will also feature on April 8th two World War II Maneuvers reenactments as re-enactors from all over Tennessee come to Granville to re-enact World War II.  The re-enactments will be performed at 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.   The day will also feature up to 1950’s antique cars displayed on main street of Granville with parade at 3:00 p.m.  Granville has exhibits that will be in place all year on the 1940’s with a special exhibit at the 1880 Sutton Home entitled “Maneuvers- They Came as Strangers And Left as Friends”, 1940 automobiles at Antique Car Museum and Remembering the 1940’s Exhibit at Granville Museum.  April 8th will also feature a Genealogy Festival and the second Annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.  

Ragland

Photo:  Dr. William Hardin Ragland owner of Suttons General Store
In mid 1800’s.  


The Granville Genealogy Festival on April 8th will honor the Ragland Families


from Jackson County.  William Marshall and his brother James Howard Ragland

were farmers who lived and died in Jackson County leaving hundreds of decedents:

The most flamboyant being Lloyd Cooper Flatt.  He covered his head with a tall

top hat and wore a black eye patch over this right eye.  The details are available

In six articles from the “Wall Street Journal”, “Washington Post” etc. ( just Google

Lloyd Cooper Flatt on the Web).

Dr. William Hardin Ragland was born near Granville in 1842 and operated the present

Sutton General Store in Granville prior to his move to Cookeville.  His son, Charles

Burton Ragland founded the Nashville based C. B. Ragland Co., and his descendents have

been instrumental in the development of the Nashville business community.


His maternal ancestry has been documented back to a ten year old girl

who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in the summer of 1610.

Another descendent of the Granville Raglands is Jimmy “Jim” Ragland who played

football and coached at Tennessee Tech and was twice named as the “OVC

Coach of the Year”.



Robert Brown will present at 1:00 p.m. at the Granville United Methodist Church

“Early Ragland’s in Jackson County” program.  The Granville Museum will have

A 137 page book “The Early Ragland Families of Middle Tennessee” published

In 1959 for sale.  The Genealogy Festival will also be honoring the Black Families

Of the Granville Community.

The Genealogy Festival will also feature the following speakers:

9:30 a.m. Joellan Hall –“How to Access the Largest Genealogy Library in the World”,

10:00 a.m. Edie Williams & Linda Coffey- “Family Connections:  Finding Missing Family

Thru DNA”,

11:00 a.m. John F. Baker, Jr. Author “The Washington’s of Wessyngton Plantation”, 2:00 p.m. Michael Bertrand- Region, Race and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War Conversation.  The museum will also feature from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


How to do Genealogy Research- Ron Dishman and Genealogy Research Church

Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Granville will also be having on April 8th Upper Cumberland Wine Festival,

Grand Opening of the 1940’s, Up to 1950 Antique Car Show, Craft Booths,

Music, Great Food and much more.  Granville is currently hosting the Tennessee

State Museum Exhibit “Slaves and Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation’

Till June 1st plus 1940’s exhibits in all historic buildings of Granville.  For

More information call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.




Granville Celebrates the 1940’s with Memories of the World War II Maneuvers in Granville

Historic Granville announced today that their 2017 theme will be “ 1940’s: A Decade of Change- Thanks for the Memories”. The 1940’s will be a year long celebration which will begin when the 2017 season opens on March 9th. Pictured in front of Sutton General Store is some of the 2017 scarecrows created by Granville resident Cynthia Mathews which represent soldiers that were in Granville during World War II Maneuvers as well as wives and girl friends that came to visit them while they were stationed in Granville. The 1880 Sutton Home will feature guided tours of “Maneuvers: They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends”, Antique Car Museum will feature 1940’s automobiles and military Vehicles, Granville Museum will feature Memories of the 1940’s and the town will be decorated in the 1940 era. The Granville Museum will be hosting the Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit “ The Slaves & Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation” which will be on exhibit from March 9th till June 6th.

The official Grand Opening of the 1940’s Celebration will be on April 8th with the 1940’s coming to life in a grand fashion as two World War II Musicals entitled “ I’ll Be Seeing You” performed by the Freedom Belles as well as two World War II Re-enactments will be occurring. April 8th will also feature the 5th Granville Genealogy Festival with a full Day of wonderful speakers, booths and genealogy information. The celebration will also feature a Antique Car Show which will be for automobiles up to 1950’s with a parade At 3:00 p.m. The second annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival sponsored by The Upper Cumberland Wine Trail will be held from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Village which has been great expanded from last year. Museum will be featured all day by Lynn Beal Jazz Band at the Pruett Stage as well as craftsmen of yesteryear. April 8th will also mark the 9th Anniversary Celebration of the Sutton General Store and Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. John Tomlin & Company performing at the Anniversary Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show.

The 1940’s Theme will also be carried out at the April 22nd Vintage Fashion Show, Sale and Lunch, May 6th Cornbread & Moonshine Festival, 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27th, 3rd Annual Grits and Glitz Shopping Extravaganza Pioneer Village Barn Sale on June 9th and 10th, Scarecrow Festival October 1st the 31st, Fall Celebration on October 7th and 1940’s Christmas Season entitled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas “ November 10th thru December 30th with 1940’s Granville Country Christmas on December 9th.

Historic Granville is operated by 180 dedicated volunteers who give of their time to preserve the historic town of yesteryear. Granville is currently enlisting new volunteers for the 2017 season. For more information call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.
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SAM STOUT NAMED JAMBOREE PRESIDENT AND COORDINATOR
February 10, 2017
by: Tom Duggin/ WLIE Radio
Sam Stout

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree has a new President and Coordinator.
Born in Gainesboro and raised in the Bloomington Springs Community of Putnam Co. Sam Stout was elected to the position at a meeting of Jamboree board on Thursday night, February 9. Stout succeeds Jack Barton, who resigned as Jamboree President and Coordinator on February 2, after a nine-year tenure.

Born to James and the late Birdie Stout, Sam Stout grew up in a musical family that included two older brothers. At the age of 9, Stout began playing guitar and soon picked up the mandolin, as well. After high school, Stout started playing in country bands, and soon began pursuing music as a full-time career. Among his musical accomplishments during that time was serving as an opening act for guitar legend Chet Atkins and well-known Nashville songwriter Dean Dillon, who penned several of George Strait’s number-one hits. Stout also worked in Nashville in the recording industry as a demo singer, in hopes of landing a major recording contract.

After several years of struggling to make it in the country music industry, Stout returned to his first love, which was Bluegrass music. While holding down a full-time job, Stout started a Bluegrass band called Stoney Lonesome, which enjoyed a great deal of regional success. It was during this time Stout, along with Randall Clemons and Chris Neeley, launched the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour in Granville, TN. In the beginning, the Music Hour was covered by one small radio station in Thompkinsville, KY. Today, after nine years, the weekly show is now broadcast by 45 radio stations worldwide, including AM 650 WSM Radio in Nashville, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Professional and semi-professional bluegrass bands are featured on the weekly show, which also goes across both the state of Tennessee and all across the country on PBS stations.

Stout says his love for music – and the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree – runs deep. “I can never remember not being surrounded by music,” he said. “My father, James, plays the Dobro. He actually was the one who first brought me to the Jamboree before I could even play an instrument. I love the Jamboree and what it stands for. It is a true Tennessee tradition.”

Stout has competed in various Jamboree competitions in years past, but most recently, he has served as a member of the “Jamboree House Band,” a position he will resign with his new responsibilities with the festival. Stout was elected to the Jamboree board on February 2, and expressed an interest in the position of President and Coordinator with the Jamboree upon Barton’s resignation.

In addition to his passion for music, Stout - still resides in Bloomington Springs – and works as a Realtor in the Upper Cumberland area.

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