Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee
931.653.4151

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Historic Granville, Tennessee

931.653.4151
Granville Museum
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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 granvilletn.com or call 931-653-4151.
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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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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.  
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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.

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.





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