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


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
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.

Christmas 16

Pictured front row are Diego Gomez as Billy; Wyatt Curtis as Opie; Lisa Gomez-Lights and Sound
Second Row Stan Webster as Andy Taylor, Sam Moore as Barry Fife, Randall Clemons as Otis Campbell, Liz Bennett as Aunt Bee,
Kay Loftis as Ellie, Rich Caliri as Mr. Goss, Betty Caliri as Clara, Brenda Curtis as Thelma Lou.

The Sutton Store Players, Sutton General Store Granville will present their Valentine Dinner Theatre on February 2,3, 8, 9 and 10th entitled “ A Special Kind of  Love in Mayberry”.  

The two act play is based on two of the Andy Griffith shows dealing w
ith Love in Mayberry which have been rewritten by Kaye Loftis and directed by Rich Caliri.  Sutton Store has been doing dinner theatre since 2007 and has become one of Middle Tennessee best known Dinner Theatres. 

The 1880 General 
Store is a great venue for the play with the store and dining room of the general store seating 50 people for each of two plays done each evening. 

A great Valentine Dinner is served by Timberloft Restaurant in Gordonsville. Seatings for the play a
re at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on February 2, 3, 9 and 10th with day seatings on February 8th at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The plays are great humor with great actors that play each part of the well-known television show.  Reservations are required by calling 931-653-4151.  

To be featured on WCTE TV

The Sutton General Store- Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, Granville and WCTE TV announced today that "The Best of the Sutton Olé Time Music Hour" will air on Channel 22 beginning on February 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

This is a four part series called “The Best of The Sutton Ole Time Music Hour “It was shot live In Granville, Tennessee in the T. B. Sutton General Store. It will air at 7:00 p.m. with the following bands featured:

February 2nd Tennessee Mafia Jug Band,
February 9th John Tomlin & Co.,
February 23rd The Rigneys
March 2nd Code of the Hills.

The four programs will air again three more times throughout
the year of 2017. This program will also be airing on the Tennessee Channel at a later date to be announced. WCTE is channel 22 via antenna and Dish & Direct. Local cable companies may vary so people can call their cable company if they are not familiar with the station on their network.

“ We love being able to exploit venues from our Upper Cumberland Region and are thrilled to be a part of bringing the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Bluegrass Show from Granville to our viewers!” Celeste Flatt Bennett Account Manager WCTE TV stated.

This taping was made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Tourism program “ The Soundtrack of America- Made in Tennessee."

The Sutton Ole Time Music Hour began in April, 2008 and has occurred each Saturday night since that time with a family style dinner at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. With music beginning at 6:00 p.m. and live taping at 7:00 p.m.

Chris Neeley, Technical Support Manager of Sutton Ole Time Music Hour stated that the show airs each week on 45 radio and online stations, with listeners in all 50 States and 153 countries around the world.

Sam Stout creator of the show stated the show brings each week the best in bluegrass and old time music. Since 2008, we have achieved and preserved over 450 live performances. The 1880 Sutton General Store has just been chosen by Country Living Magazine as one of the "Thirteen Most Charming General Stores in America."

Each week reservations can be made for the show by calling 931-653-4151 With up to 50 seated at each dinner seating. The weekly show is made possible by the following sponsors: Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, Gainesboro, Rockie Williams Premier Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Mt Juliet, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon, The Cumberland Auto Center, Cookeville,
Advanced Propane, Inc. Cookeville, South Carthage Sav-Way-Carthage, D. T. McCall & Sons, Home Depot- Lebanon, and Tennessee Arts Commission.
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 Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Winterfest

 opens on January 7th with John Tomlin & Company

 Sutton General Store, Granville Sutton Ole Time Music Hour

 will be having Bluegrass Winterfest during the months of

 January and February each Saturday night.

The bluegrass dinner show will be having special bands perform during this special time leading up to the 9th
Anniversary of the show on April 8, 2017. Bluegrass Winterfest is a special time during the winter months
When Sutton Ole Time Music Hour brings the best bluegrass music in Middle Tennessee to the Corner Stage
at the 1880 Sutton General Store. The unique country store has just been Recognized by
Country Living Magazine as one of the 13th Most Charming General Stores in America.

The bluegrass dinner show which began April 1, 2008 has now recorded some 450 live performances
and is now heard around the world each week.

The bands to perform for Bluegrass Winterfest are as follows:

January 7th John Tomlin & Company,
January 14th- Michael Feagan & Fiddlegrass Band,
January 21st Muddy Water Bluegrass Band,
January 28th Valley Grass Express,

February 4 Davenport Brothers,
February 11 Bluegrass Solutions,
February 18 Andy Todd & Friends
February 25 Travis Alltop & Friends.

The dinner show serves a great southern family Style dinner and reservations are required by calling 931-653-4151.

The weekly bluegrass show is sponsored by Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home,
Gainesboro, Rockie Williams Premier Dodge, Chrsyler, Jeep, South Carthage Sav-Way,
Advanced Propane, Inc., Wilson Bank & Trust, D. T. McCall & Sons, Cumberland Auto Center,
Cookeville, Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee Department of Tourism, and UCEMC

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