“Blue Ribbon Days: Preparing for the Fair” Opens at the Sutton Homestead
A blue ribbon from the county fair is as valued today as it was years ago. Visit the Sutton Homestead in Historic Granville for a guided tour Of “Blue Ribbon Days: Preparing for the Fair.” View prize winning displays of quilts, crafts and cooking projects. Hear stories of how ladies valued the blue ribbon recipe and refused to share it. The antique car museum at Sutton Homestead also features a entire new display of antique automobiles.
The Sutton Homestead changes the venue four times a year, visit often. View the beautifully decorated home with a storytelling guide, grist mill shop, blacksmith shop, weaving shop, agricultural museum, log cabin homestead, gardens, 1950’s Gulf Service Station & Antique Car Museum and Granville Quilt Benches display. The Homestead is open Wednesday thru Friday from 12:00 to 3:00 and Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Blue Ribbon exhibit will be on display thru the month of August and then the homes new exhibit will be “If These Walls Could Talk” For more information call 931-653-4151.
Granville Celebrates Its Past
The historic steamboat town of Granville, on the Cumberland River, has witnessed an astonishing evolution in its lifetime. Driving into town on a Saturday afternoon you may find yourself blinking. Men sit on benches on the porch outside the old T.B. Sutton General Store telling yarns. Across the road a glimpse in the window reveals a barber preparing his customer for a close shave with a cut-throat razor.
“I don’t want to miss the ice cream,” I tell my guide, Chris Neeley, long-time resident and board member of the Granville Museum, as he shepherds me into the emporium opposite the Ice Cream Shop. “They close at 3 p.m., don’t they?” “You won’t,” he reassures me with a laugh. “They’re not going anywhere.” A little while later I understand. When we enter, the scene is frozen in time. A rough and tumble pair sit at the saloon table with a bottle of Dickel Whisky, eyes fixed on their hands of cards. A young girl and boy perch on stools at the ice cream counter. A fallen chocolate-covered ice cream cone lies upside down on the floor. They are all mannequins (“scarecrows”). I have stepped into a time warp. - See more Granville Celebrates Its Past