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Granville Museum &
Genealogy Resource Center

The Granville Museum, Inc. was formed in 1999 to preserve the history of the riverboat town of Granville, Tennessee as well as preserve the historic Granville Church of Christ building. The museum was formed by community members with an interest in Granville. The incorporators of the Granville Museum were Joe Moore, Patsy Yates, Lloyd Clark, Suzanne Stafford, Jeanette Dalton, Eugene Duke and Randall Clemons. The museum opened on Memorial Day Weekend of 1999 with Granville's first Heritage Day.

 

The Main Room of the museum showcases a pictorial history of life in a small farming community.  Vincent B. "Moe" DeNardo, a soldier in Granville during World War 11 maneuvers, fell in love with the area and returned annually for the next thirty years. The history of Granville is preserved through the lens of his camera. The Granville Museum has expanded structurally and in collections since 1999. The museum tells the story of the founding of Granville, which has exhibits featuring businesses and churches. Photographs and artifacts are displayed highlighting the Granville story of the years of steamboat travel on the Cumberland River,  the role of farming in this area, and many photographs of families from the area.

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Military History Room

The History Military Room provides a glimpse into the military history of Granville area residents. Artifacts and uniforms donated by families are displayed.

The Textile Room contains a unique collection of clothing, textiles, and artifacts representing multiple decades of Granville's history.

The Genealogy Resource Center is available for anyone to conduct family genealogy research using the family surname notebooks and photographs compiled and displayed in the exhibition room. 

A Classroom of Yesteryear, located upstairs, recreates the one-room school.  This room also displays a history of education in the area.

The Exhibition Room is used for traveling exhibits, a children's area, and a tribute to the rich musical history of Granville. A special exhibit is designed to recognize the original purpose for this building, to serve as the Granville Church of Christ.  A storytelling video plays throughout the day introducing visitors to the history of the Granville area told in the form of personal memories by residents and former residents. Seating is available for families or small groups.  Temporary exhibits which change quarterly are created and displayed in the exhibition room as space permits.  

A docent is available to answer questions about the community and serve as a guide for the museum.

Admission to the museum is included in the price of a "Tour Granville Ticket".  Historic Granville is a  501 (c) (3) non-profit committed to preserving the history of the area.

 

Open: Wed–Sat, Year Round . . . 

Hours: Wed-Fri 12:00 to 3:00 pm & Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Call 931-652-4151 for More Information

The Granville Museum is included in your Town Tour Ticket.  Tickets are $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 6-12; Children Under 6 are Free. Your Tour Ticket gives you access to a guided tour of the Sutton Homestead and Pioneer Village and a self-guided tour of all the other buildings and museums, including, Granville Museum, Farm to Your Table Agriculture Museum, Daniel Barber Shop and Post Office Museum, Clemons Car Museum, Mayberry - I Love Lucy Museum, Granville Whiskey Decanter Museum, Whistle Stop Saloon and Ice Cream Museum and Tennessee Quilt & Textile Museum. Purchase your town tour tickets at Sutton General Store, Southern Shops of Granville or Aunt Bee's Quilt Shop & Bakery.

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Genealogy Resource Center

The Granville Museum & Genealogy Resource Center is pleased to provide public access to family records and an extensive photo collection of families in the Jackson County, Tennessee area. The written information may be limited and only represent certain branches of a family, but a wealth of information is available.

 This genealogy project is ongoing, and we encourage anyone who has family records related to families in the Jackson County or Upper Cumberland area, past and present, to share the information and photographs for display and for research by others who may be interested.

Information is available at the museum for families with the following surnames:

Agee

Anderson

Apple

Brown

Burgess

Burton

Byrne

Cantrell

Carter

Carver

Case

Clark

Clemons

Collier

Cooper

Cornwell

Cowan

Cox

Crook

Daniel

Dawes

Dowell

Duke

Eller

Elrod

Fields

Flatt

Fox

Freeman

Grisham

Guess

Haile

Halfacre

Hardcastle

Hargis

Harris

Holleman

Huff

Jackson

Jared

Keith

Kelly

Kent

King

Kirby

Landon

Lambert

League

Lee

Lewis

Loftis

Lynn

Maddux

Maggart

Manier

Martin

Mathis

Maxwell

Meadows

McCann

McDonald

McKinley

Montgomery

Moore

Myers

Neal

Neeley

Page

Pharris

Philpot

Pruett

Ragland

Ramsey

Reece

Reynolds

Roberts

Robertson

Robinson

Rodgers

Sadler

Sams

Scott

Shirley

Simmons

Smith

Spurlock

Stafford

Stanton

Stidham

Stout

Sutton

Tayse

Thackston

Tittle

Vantrease

Veteto

Vinson

Wade

Watts

White

Williams

Williamson

Woodard

Willoughby

Each year, Granville hosts the Upper Cumberland Family History and Genealogy Festival.  This festival is designed to offer information and resources to anyone interested in researching their family history.  It is not limited to families within the Upper Cumberland Region.  For more information about the event see this website or send questions to granvilletnoffice @gmail.com

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