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Historic Granville plans to celebrate the 1940s

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 28, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Historic Granville announced its 2017 theme will be “1940s: A Decade of Change – Thanks for the Memories.” 

The 1940s will be a yearlong celebration, which will begin when the 2017 season opens March 9.

The 1880 Sutton Home will feature guided tours of “Maneuvers: They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends,” the Antique Car Museum will feature 1940s automobiles and military vehicles, the Granville Museum will feature Memories of the 1940s, and the town will be decorated in the 1940 era. The Granville Museum will play host to the Tennessee State Museum traveling exhibit, “The Slaves and Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation,” which will be on exhibit from March 9 until June 6.

The official grand opening of the 1940s celebration will be April 8 with the 1940s coming to life in a grand fashion as two World War II Musicals entitled “I’ll Be Seeing You” performed by the Freedom Belles, as well as two World War II re-enactments will take place. 

The fifth Granville Genealogy Festival will also be featured April 8 with a full day of speakers, booths and genealogy information. The celebration will also feature an antique car show, which will be for automobiles up to 1950 with a parade at 3 p.m. The second annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival, sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Wine Trail, will be held from noon until 5 p.m. in the Pioneer Village, which will be expanded from last year. The museum featured the Lynn Beal Jazz Band throughout the day at the Pruett Stage, as well as craftsmen of yesteryear. The ninth anniversary celebration of the Sutton General Store and Sutton Ole Time Music Hour will also be April 8. John Tomlin & Co. will perform at the anniversary of the Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show.

The 1940s theme will also be carried out at the Vintage Fashion Show, Sale and Lunch on April 22, Cornbread and Moonshine Festival on May 6, the 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27, third annual Grits and Glitz Shopping Extravaganza Pioneer Village Barn Sale on June 9-10, Scarecrow Festival from Oct. 1-31, Fall Celebration on Oct. 7 and 1940s Christmas season entitled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” from Nov. 10 through Dec. 30 with 1940s Granville Country Christmas on Dec. 9.

Historic Granville is operated by 180 volunteers who give of their time to preserve the historic town of yesteryear. Granville is currently enlisting new volunteers for the 2017 season. For more information, call 931-653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.

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