Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee

Town of
Historic Granville, Tennessee

Granville Museum
169 Clover Street • Granville, TN 38564


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Want to view the eclipse in a small quaint rural community with no distractions? Historic Granville located on the Cordell Hull Lake will join other locations across the United States in hosting a "Solar Eclipse Viewing Party" on August 21, 2017, 10AM until 3PM. Official eclipse phase is estimated to begin at 12 noon with the total eclipse occurring at 1:28PM for 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Event headquarters will be T.B. Sutton General Store with chairs and viewing stations located in open spaces near the lake. Multiple sites for viewing are available to allow for a clear viewing.
Activities are being planned for the entire family which will include tours of the Granville Museum, the Sutton Homestead, the Antique Car Museum, and T. B. Sutton General Store. The town has unique shopping at the Granville Gift and Granville Antique Shop. Food and music will be included in the day. Dr. Opless Walker will conduct a talk at 10AM in the Exhibition Center at the Granville Museum explaining the solar eclipse phenomenon We invite you to join our rural community to share in this once in a lifetime event.
This event is free and open to the public. The Eclipse Viewing Kit with special viewing glasses and other souvenir items will be available for purchase. There will be a charge for tours and the food. A special "Out of this World" lunch will be served at Sutton General Store beginning at 10:30 AM, call 931-653-4151 for reservations. Ask about a Granville Eclipse Viewing Special Package with viewing kit, lunch, and tours when calling 931-653-4151. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
10AM- Lecture "Understand the Total Solar Eclipse" By Dr. Opless Walker- Granville Museum
10 & 11 AM- Boat tours call 615-714-4977
10:30- 12:30- "Out of this World" lunch - served Sutton General Store
10:30-12:30 Guided Tours of Sutton Homestead and Pioneer Village
10:30-12:30 "Out of this World " Shopping- Granville Gifts, Granville Antiques, Sutton General Store
12:30 - 1PM- Choose your Viewing Station
12:30-2:30 Total Eclipse Boat Tour - call 615-714-7877 for reservations
Total Solar Eclipse at Granville, TN
Partial Phase Starts: 12:00 (CDT)
Totality Starts: 1:28 PM (CDT)
Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 35 seconds

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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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