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 Store June 2018

Picture Caption:  1865 Sutton General Store & Sutton Ole Time Bluegrass Dinner Show receives National Recognition

Two of the nations most recognized magazine is featuring Granville’s Sutton General Store and Sutton Ole Time Bluegrass Dinner Show in their June, 2018 issues. The National Geographic Traveler, UK Edition is featuring USA’s Best Music Cities which features Nashville, Memphis and Granville.  Oman Frankincense, writer of story visited Granville nn his Tennessee tour attending the Sutton Ole Time Bluegrass Dinner Show. The 130 year old magazine states the story of Sutton Ole Time Music Hour and the 153 year old general store.  The Tennessee Department of Tourism is doing a huge promotion in London this month on Tennessee Music. 

 The Taste of the South Magazine June issue featured Sutton General Store as the number one must visit General Store in the South of the twelve they featured.  The article states the following:  For authentic experience, visit the two story Tennessee landmark.  Shelves are stocked with the basics.  If you are there on a Saturday, don’t miss the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, where bluegrass is performed in house and broadcast worldwide. 

They featured a large picture of the store as their lead into the story.  

 Historic Granville has become a leading tourist  destination in Tennessee. The town is currently featuring “Strolling Through the 1950’s’ with the historic home decorated
in the 1950’s with special I Love Lucy exhibit.  Granville Museum features Memories ff the 1950’s, gift shops, lunch at Sutton General Store, Granville Bed & Breakfast,

Wildwood Resort & Marina & Timberloft Restaurant, Campgrounds, Walking Trail, Horse Trail, Veterans Park, Arts & Craftsmen and much more. Visit

or call 931-653-4151 for Saturday night reservations and questions. 

Dr. Freeman babies

At the recent Granville Heritage Day 1950’s Celebration on May 26th the Dr. Freeman

Day of July 24, 1955 was reenacted when the Community of Granville celebrated the

50th Anniversary of Dr. Luther M. Freeman practicing medicine in Granville.  It was one of

hhe largest days in the history of Granville when 600 attended the celebration of joint

Church service, lunch, program and parade.  In the parade the babies that Dr. Freeman

had delivered marched in a parade carrying signs representing the communities that they

were born in.  On May 26th a celebration program occurred in front of Dr. Freeman office,

display in Dr. Freeman Office of July 24, 1955 and individuals delivered by Dr. Freeman

participated in a parade carrying signs like were done in 1955.  Pictures left to right are

Jeanette Ragland Dalton- Huff Hollow, Bobbie Sadler High- Dry Fork, Peggy Ragland

Malory- Huff Hollow, Stan Webster- Enigma, Danny Stout-Spring Fork, Billy Kent-Corinth,

Patricia Manier Stewart- Spring Fork, Twins Bobby Stout & Peggy Stout Anderson- Spring

Fork, Richard Woodard- Corinth, Joe Ruth Brown Carr- Spring Fork, Annette Thompson

Parkes Great Grand Daughter of Dr. Freeman, Geraldine Brown Carter-Hollemans Bend,

James Edward Clemons- Indian Creek, Liz Huff Bennett- Brooks Bend and Beverly Brown

Nash- Spring Fork.  The parade was led by Bruce Carter in his 1915 T Model like the one

that his father J. N. Carter drove Dr. Freeman in the parade of 1955. 

The 20th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 26th will have the annual Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival  as one of the featured events of the day.  The

Bluegrass Festival will be a full day of bluegrass competition as well as bluegrass bands performing.  The festival will be at the Pruett Stage featuring the following:

10:00 a.m. Bilbreys, 11:00 a.m. Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, 11:30 Jolly String Quartet, 12:30 Honoring of Marty & Charmine Lanham.  At 1:00 p.m. will be the Uncle

Jimmy Thompson Grand Champion Fiddle Competition.  Registration for the competition will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with entry fee of $5.00.  The prize money

for winners will be $225.00 for first, $175.00 for second and $125.00 for third with the winner performing center stage at the Birthplace of Bluegrass Music during

Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Show on June 21, 2018 with Dailey and Vincent.  For more information on the competition visit

Following competition the following will perform at  2:30 p.m. Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, 3:00 Jolly String Quartet, 4:00 p.m. Ida Clare Bluegrass Band.

The festival is honored to have the opportunity to honor Marty and Charmaine Lanham.  Marty has been involved in almost every aspect of bluegrass music in

Tennessee for the past 45 years.  He co-founded with his wife Charmaine the Station Inn in Nashville in 1974, the longest running bluegrass venue in the world.  His career includes banjo

player in Wilma Lee Cooper’s Clinch Mountain Clan. Charmaine was Executive Director and co-founder of the Nashville Bluegrass Music Association.  She produced

the first bluegrass concert at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  She has been playing guitar in bluegrass bands since 1974.  Marty and Charmaine have performed

with his band at the Dixie Café in Byrdstown since introducing bluegrass music there in 2004.

The Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Bates Ford of Lebanon, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Wildwood Resort & Marina Granville and Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman.   The bluegrass festival chairman is Jimmy Bilbrey and you can contact him at 931-510-7770.  The weekly Sutton Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show will occur on

May 26th featuring Ida Clare Bluegrass Band performing.  Reservations are available by calling 931-653-4151.

Car 2018Tractor 2018

Picture No. 1- Larry King 2018 Honoree of Car Show exhibits his 1958 Chevrolet Convertible

Picture No. 2- Don Scott 2018 Honoree of Tractor Show exhibit his John Deere 420  Tractor


The 20th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 26th entitled “Flashback to the Fifties, Cruising & Dancing”  will feature the annual Antique Car and Tractor Show.  The show has become


one of=f  Tennessee’s largest shows and will offer 57 classes of competition for Antique Cars & Trucks.  Cars may be entered in the show on May 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at 6800

Granville Highway, Granville on the banks of the Cordell Hull Lake.  The first 300 cars to enter will receive a dash plaque with entry fee of $15.00.  Three place trophies will be awarded

in each class of competition with Best of Show awards.  The show will honor Larry King of Hendersonville who has a collection of 40 antique cars which are very rare with nine of those

being convertibles.  Larry was raised on a farm in Kentucky and was raised hard with nothing but wanting everything.  His favorite car is the one pictured which is a 1958 Chevrolet

convertible 6 cyclinder three speed making it very rare.  His most rare automobile is his 1964 ½ Mustang Convertible with 30,000 miles which was made before the show date of

Mustangs.  Larry loved to drive his antiques and loves his convertibles.  He will have eight automobiles on exhibit at the show on May 26th.  The show will also honor the memory

of two long time antique car collectors of Lebanon Raymond Tomlinson and Johnny Knowles.

The show is sponsored by Shenandoah Mills, Lebanon and O’Reilly Auto Parts of Carthage.  Class sponsors of the show are Bates Ford, Lebanon, Rockie Williams Premier Dodge,

Chrysler, Jeep, of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County Chevrolet, Buick, GMC & Hyundai of Lebanon and Diamond Plastics of Lebanon.  For more information on the show call 931-653-4511


The Antique Tractor Show will honor Don Scott of White House who has a collection of seven antique tractors.  In 2001 he went to a antique tractor show and got inspired to restore

one himself.  He bought a 1935 John Deere Model B, tore it down and restored it.  Since that time he has restored several tractors of different brands but mostly John Deere

2 cyclinder models.  He will have part of his collection on display at the show on May 26th.  The tractors how will have special awards for the following: Oldest, Longest Driven,

Ugliest (must run), Youngest Exhibitor (Must be able to drive alone), Oldest Exhibitor, Brandon Powell John Deere Award and Hugh Dixon Farmall Award.  There will also be awards

for engines as well.  The show is sponsored by Hix Brother’s Tractor Service, Cookeville and trophy sponsor is O’Reilly Auto Parts.  For more information on the show call

Steve Koons at 615-449-5002.

Heritage Day will feature a parade at 2:00 p.m. with a special feature of 1955 Dr. Freeman Parade being reenacted.  Heritage Day also features the Uncle Jimmy Thompson

Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Competition, Craft Booths, Children Rides & Events, Old Time Craftsmen, great food, historic buildings, 1950’s exhibits, I Love Lucy exhibits

And much more.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

Log Canoe TN State Museum

This dugout canoe, one of only two known to exist in Tennessee, was pulled from the Cumberland River at Holleman's Bend, near present day Granville in Jackson County, in the late 1700's.

Made from a single yellow poplar tree harvested on near by Canoe Hill, it remained in the same family and was preserved by using it as a feeding trough for farm animals.

Acquired through a purchase donation from John Sisk and Dennis Burgess, 1991.

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