The 19th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 27 will have the theme "The 1940's: A Decade of Change". The event has become one of Middle Tennessee's largest annual festivals and known for the Antique Car & Tractor Show, Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, Parade, Craftsmen, Crafts, Children Events and a Memorial Service. This year's festival will feature a 1915 Model T Ford that has a great Granville history. Bruce Carter recently purchased a 1915 Model T Ford that is exactly like the one his father J. N. Carter of Granville had. The car had a unique story as it was first owned by T. B. Sutton owner of Sutton General Store. It was Mr. Sutton's first automobile and he owned it for many years with it being always on the streets of Granville. After J. N. Carter purchased it, it was used in Granville for many special functions such as the 1954 Dr. L. M. Freeman Parade. The 1915 automobile will again lead the parade at 2 p.m. on May 27. Heritage Day features an antique car show with 53 classes of competition and is one of Middle Tennessee's largest antique shows.
This year's Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival will have a new feature as it offers the Grand Champion Fiddle Competition with the winner to play center stage at Birthplace of Country Music during a Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Night at the Ryman Auditorium. The Bluegrass Festival will also honor Granville native Eldon Burgess who is a noted fiddle player as well as some of the best bluegrass bands in Middle Tennessee.
Historic Granville is currently hosting the Tennessee State Museum exhibit "Slaves and Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation "at the Granville Museum which will be in Granville thru May 31. Granville is celebrating the 1940's during 2017 with Memories of the 1940's at Granville Museum, World War II Manuevers- They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends at 1880 Sutton Historic Home and 1940's automobiles at Antique Car Museum. Historic Granville is open each week Wednesday thru Friday 12 to 3 p.m. and Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. with Sutton General Store opening at 10 a.m. each day serving lunch. For more information on Granville and the Heritage Day, call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.