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


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Op & Kay Walker of Cookeville will portray Finis & Margaret Harris
in the story Premonition of a Family Tragedy

Historic Granville will have its annual Ghost Walk on October 26th and 27th entitled " The Haunting of Granville".

This years ghost walk has many new features, locations and stories.  The event will begin in the new 1950's Event Building in Granville with a October dinner being served of chili, hot dogs, chips, desserts and beverage.

Each tour will begin from this location starting at 6:00 p.m. with tours starting till 8:00 p.m.   There will be 10

different stops on your ghost walk with a inside location at each in case of bad weather with seating at each.

Op and Kay Walker will be featured in the 1880 Sutton Home telling the story of Premonition of a Family Tragedy based on a event of August, 14, 1945 involving Margaret and Finis Harris.  A unbelievable story that You want forget.  Also in this years Ghost Walk are Story Tellers Judy Duke and Dwight Henry of Cookeville Lakeland Barham of Gainesboro, Rich Caliri, Sam Moore, Liz Bennett, Stan Webster, Jeremy Curtis, Randall Clemons  and other Granville Volunteers.  Don't miss a night you want forget in a unique town of yesteryear.  Advance tickets Are $8.00 and they are $10.00 night of event with these prices not including dinner.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

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Historic Granville is the home of Tennessee’s Largest Scarecrow Festival which will open on October 3rd and be open thru October 27th from 12:00 to 3:00 each day except Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is the sixth annual scarecrow festival with a new feature characters of the 1950’s. 

The annual festival is unique in that it features 100 real looking scarecrows of historical characters of our nations as well as the town of Granville.  This years new features is 1950’s couples, Ricky and Lucy of I Love Lucy Show, Peanut Gang from the 1950’s, Life Styles of the 1950’s and much more.

All the historical buildings inside and out are decorated with the lifelike characters and the entire town is decorated with 350 traditional scarecrows.  The Sutton Homestead Historic Home and Pioneer Village features unique scarecrows as you step back in time.  Each visitor will receive a scarecrow

guide that leads them up main street telling the story of each scarecrow.  When you arrive at the Sutton Homestead and Pioneer Village you will receive your second guide there with your admission to the Homestead & Village.  Enjoy the many creative and diverse life-like historical characters

and traditional scarecrows as they tell stories and connect to the past. Memory Lane is a special feature for children as it tells the story of the Wizard of Oz, Bambi, Pinocchio, Dumbo and the Peanut Gang.  As you take your walk in the small rural riverboat town you will meet legends of Tennessee,

National legends and characters of the town of Granville.  Lunch is served each day at Sutton General Store, great shopping at shops of Granville, Granville Museum featuring Memories of the 1950’s & Tennessee Museum Traveling Exhibit “ I Have a Voice- Tennessee African American Music Heritage, Historic Home Decorated in the 1950’s with a I Love Lucy Traveling Exhibit, 1950’s automobiles in the antique car museum.  Granville will also be hosting Arts & Craftsmen Demonstrations each day in the Pioneer Village with different craftsmen each day as well as. Featured craftsmen will be demonstrating wood crafts, broom making, basket weaving, weaving, chair bottoming, blacksmith, native American Crafts.  Also open in October will be Morrowboro Arts & Crafts, Clover Street Ceramics, Quilt Shop and Granville Arts & Cultural Center.  Granville will also be having the Granville Fall Celebration on October 6th with a full day of Jazz, Bluegrass, Country & Gospel Music, Craftsmen Festival, Quilt Festival, Crafts, Children Events, Great Food and much more.  Visit or call 931-653-4151. 

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Jazz on the Cumberland on October 6 to feature "RendezGroove" from the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band

The 19th Granville Fall Celebration on October 6th will again feature Jazz on the Cumberland" at Granville Veterans Park with a full day of great Jazz Music.  The event will begin at 11:00 a,.m. with the Jackson County High School Jazz Band, 11:30 a.m. The Big Band Sound, 1:00 p.m. "RendezGroove" from the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band, 2:30  Veterans Appreciation Service- Honoring 1950's Veterans and 2:45 p.m. The Blue Brokers.  A great day of jazz on the banks of The Cumberland River with a great setting.  Also from this location will be Historic Boat Rides by Granville Paddle and Board which will be a 45 minutes boat ride with tales of Granville from a water perspective with cost of $15.00 per person.  For reservations call 615-714-4977.

The Celebration will also have a full day of music at Pruett Stage beginning with gospel music at 10:00 a.m. featuring New Life Quartet and Beyond the Call, Immanuel Baptist Church, 10:45 Community Kidz Choir, 11:30 Linwood Road, 12:15 Tex R Cana, 1:00 p.m. Heart & Soul- 1950's Music, 2:00 p.m. Tex R Cana, 3:00 p.m. Heart & Sould 1950's Music and 4:00 p.m. Joe Holt & The Short Mountain Boys Bluegrass Band.  The day will conclude with the Sutton Ole Time

Music Hour Bluegrass Dinner Show with dinner at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. with warm up show at 6:00 p.m. and radio taping at 7:00 p.m.   Dinner reservations are required by calling 931-653-4151.

Granville Fall Celebration will also feature the Grand Opening of the 6th Annual Granville Scarecrow Festival which will be thru October 27th, Ralph Maddux Memorial Motorcycle Show, Granville Quilt Festival, Old Time Craftsmen Festival, "I Have A Voice" Tennessee Africian American Heritage Exhibit from Tennessee State Museum, I Love Lucy Traveling Exhibit at Historic Sutton Home and Memories of the 1950's.  The celebration features craft booths, great food and Children rides, petting zoo and much more.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

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Granville Quilt Festival honors Betty Robinson on October 6.

The 17th Annual Granville Quilt Festival on October 6th will offer 20 categories of competition for quilters in Middle Tennessee.  One of Tennessee's largest quilt festivals occurs In the 1896 Granville United Methodist Church.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards in each category with best of show awards as well.  The show also pays $100.00 to the guild, club or group that has the most entries in the show.  Quilts can be entered on October 4th at Gainesboro, Livingston, Cookeville, Carthage, Granville and Lebanon.  Please see website for times and locations for entries

The annual show honors present quilters and a memorial honoree as well.  The 2018 Quilt Show Honoree is Betty Robinson of Cookeville who is a noted quilter throughout the Upper Cumberland.  She started embroidery when she was 8 years old.  She would pick up her mother's sewing when she would go to the kitchen to cook and put some stiches in.  From that early start, she kept learning as she grew, and when she was married used her talents to make clothes for her daughter.  After her daughter grew us she joined a quilt Guild and continued learning.  In 1994 her family moved to Tennessee and she joined the Cookeville Crazy Quilters.  She continues today with the Golden Needles quilting guild In Gainesboro, working on pieces for family and friends as well as working on prayer quilts for her church Washington Avenue Baptist.  Betty has been a leader in the Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival and has been a great supporter of the Granville Quilt Festival.  On October 6 some 20 of her quilts will be on display in the alter of the Methodist Church.

The 2018 Memorial Honoree is the late Betty Green of Overton County.  She quilted as a child and continued as she raised three children.  She left her family a large number Of 100% handmade historical quilts she had made over her life.  Some of these quilts will be on display at the Methodist Church.  Betty is the grandmother of Jeremy Curtis Who wife Brenda is the manager of Historic Granville.

The show will be open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 6th with these two ladies being honored at the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Pruett Stage.  The festival will also Feature Quilt Benches of Granville, Special Quilt display on porches of Granville, Sutton General Store and Granville Museum.  Quilting demonstrations will be during the day With a special sale at the Quilters Attic at Sutton General Store.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or

The Award Winning Traveling Exhibition I Have a Voice- Tennessee's African American Musical Heritage opened at Granville Museum on September 6th.

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The Tennessee State Museum exhibit was the winner of the Tennessee

Association of Museums award of excellence for best temporary exhibit.

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Left to right:  Renee White, Exhibit Coordinator; Dakota Elliott,

Curatorial Assistant; and Graham Perry, Curator

The exhibition gives a snapshot of African American Tennesseans' important contribution to American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, Gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and soul music. In turn, their music has influenced and enriched music around the world. In turn, their music has Influenced and enriched music around the world. From the early blues legends of W. C. Handy and Bessie Smith to the soul hits of STAX Records in Memphis, Visitors can learn about and view YouTube videos of various performers featured in the exhibit on their smart phone or tablets through the use of QR-coded links.

The exhibit also introduces viewers to many famous Tennessee music legends-from Bessie Smith who was nicknamed the "Empress of the Blues" to B. B. King, often referred to as the "King of the Blues" - from Grand Ole Opry star DeFord Bailey of Smith County to Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tina Turner. The exhibit ill be at Granville Museum thru October 27th and is open Wednesday thru Friday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. There is no admission to the museum and is also currently hosting a traveling exhibit of "I Love Lucy" as well as the Sutton Homestead hosting this as well. Granville is currently Celebrating the 1950's with a special 1950's Car Exhibit at Car Museum and Memories of 1950's at Historic Home and Granville Museum. For more Information call 931-653-4151 or

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