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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Uncle Jimmy Thompson

The Annual Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival Fiddle Competition winner for 2017 was Jimmy Bilbrey of Cookeville. Jimmy will perform at Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium on July 13th. Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman is a series running Thursday nights June 22 through July 27, 2017.  Each show begins at 7:30 PM/CT and are preceded by 650 AMWSM’s free showcase, Pickin’ on the Plaza, featuring regional bluegrass bands on the Ryman Plaza. Jimmy will perform just after intermission and will be right before Dailey & Vincent take the stage to perform the second half of the show.

Every summer for more than two decades, Ryman Auditorium has celebrated their distinction as the birthplace of bluegrass music with their signature Bluegrass Nights summer series. Join them for incredible performances by the biggest names in bluegrass and meet the new comers who are carrying the genre’s rich musical traditions in the future. Tickets are currently available for this show at

Jimmy Bilbrey is a well know bluegrass performer with bluegrass bands in the Upper Cumberland. He is also one of the weekly announcers of the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Bluegrass Dinner Show at Sutton General Store, Granville. For more information on that show visit or call 931-653-4151.
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
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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 or call 931-653-4151.

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