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.
The 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.
Genealogy resources are available to conduct family genealogy research using the family surname notebooks 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 group. Temporary exhibits which change quarterly are created and displayed in the exhibition room as space permits.
An agricultural museum, attached to the museum, is filled to the brim with hundreds of relics that tell the story of rural life in a farming community. An exhibit, "From Farm to Table", demonstrates the importance of agriculture in our lives. The story of dairies in middle Tennessee, including a detailed history of Purity Dairy, showcases a 1934 milk delivery truck originally a delivery truck from the Ezell Dairy and later used by Purity Dairy. Learn the history of milk in small communities and the importance of a farmer with one cow.
On display is a hearse, the horse-drawn carriage used to transport the casket to the place of burial. This hearse was used by Dowell Funeral Home in Granville, as well as, Bass Funeral home in Gordonsville and Carthage.
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.
The museum is open Wednesday- Friday 12-3PM and Saturday 12-5PM , year-round.
Open: Wed–Sat, Year Round . . .
Hours: Wed-Fri 12:00 to 3:00 pm & Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
It is $5.00 for a guided tour of the town which includes Sutton Homestead Historic Home, Pioneer Village, the Car Museum, Granville Museum, Agriculture Museum, Daniel Barber Shop and Post Office Museum, Clemons Car Museum, Mayberry - I Love Lucy Museum, Whistle Stop Saloon and Ice Cream Museum. Purchase your town tour tickets at Sutton General Store, Southern Shops, Granville Museum, Sutton Homestead and Pioneer Village. Under age 6 is free.
Call: (931) 653-4151
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? - Cicero
The Granville Museum 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.
This genealogy project is ongoing, and we encourage anyone who has family records related to Granville residents, 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: