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Granville Hosts Family History & Genealogy Festival

In conjunction with its annual theme of Steamboat Days in Granville, Historic Granville will host the Upper Cumberland Family History Genealogy Festival on July 29th. This unique festival will feature all the counties of the Upper Cumberland with booths on the genealogy of their county. There will be 25 booths featuring Jackson County Archives, Gainesboro Kin Seekers, Children’s Family History Activity Table, Clay County Museum of History, Fentress County Historical Society, Cemeteries & Cemetery Preservation, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, MTSU: Center for Historic Preservation, Overton County Historical Society, Pickett County Historical & Genealogical Society, Putnam County Library: Tennessee Room, Smith County Heritage Museum, White County Genealogical Historical Society,

Tennessee Tech Special Collections, Daughters of the American Revolution- Crab-Orchard & Old Walton Road Chapters, Upper Cumberland Research Resources, Starting Your Family Tree: Beginning Genealogy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Family History Centers and Robert Brown: Granville Genealogist. The festival will also feature the following families: Stidham, Dowell, Pippin, Cooke and Dudney Family.


All of the above will be at the Granville Event Center and Granville Museum. The historic Granville United Methodist Church will be the location of the following presentations: 10:30 a.m. “The Barber-Surgeon’s Kinfolk: The Stidham’s of Tennessee and Beyond-Presenters Tom Wood and Nicki Pendleton Wood; 1:00 p.m. “Getting Started with Genealogy Research/Starting Your Family Tree”- Anna Stephenson Presenter; and 2:00 p.m. “The

Cox, Gore and Morgan Families: Telling Your Story through Their Stories” Mark Dudney Presenter.

The admission to the festival is $7.00 which includes all the above and admission to Granville’s Mayberry Lucy Museum, World's Largest Decanter Museum, Whistle Stop Saloon Museum, Car Museum, Post Office & Barber Shop Museum, Sutton Historic Home Tour featuring Growing up on the Cumberland, Pioneer Village with Artisans, Tennessee Quilt & Textile Museum, Farm to Table Museum and Granville Historic Museum featuring "Steamboat Days in Granville".


No family history in the Upper Cumberland? No worries! This festival is for anyone who has an interest in researching and preserving their family history. It will be a great day to step back in time and learn new resources for your family history search.


A great selection of food will be available at Sutton General Store and at Helen’s Restaurant food truck. For more information visit granvilletn.com or call 931-653-4151.



Ogeal Halfacre Webster stands in front of Steamboat Days in Granville Exhibit Entrance displaying the two books she authored entitled "Growing Up on the Cumberland River" and "Banana Town." These books may be purchased at the Upper Cumberland Family History & Genealogy Festival- July 29th. Mrs. Webster, age 97, recently visited her hometown as part of the July genealogy focus.


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