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Granville Heritage Day to celebrate 1950s

Staff Reports • Updated May 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM

The 20th annual Granville Heritage Day on May 26 will is expected to be a celebration of the 1950s as Historic Granville focuses on the 1950s in 2018.  

The festival has become one of Tennessee’s largest each year and will again play host to a ’57-class antique car show on the banks of Cordell Hull Lake, an antique tractor Show and the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Grand Champion Fiddle Contest.  

Granville currently is host to a large “I Love Lucy” exhibit throughout 2018, which is a 30-year collection of Richard and Linda Cox, of Sparta. Cynthia Matthews, of Granville, created scarecrows of Lucy and Ricky to introduce the “I Love Lucy” Exhibit at Sutton Store, Granville Museum and Sutton Homestead Historic Home tour, strolling through the 1950s. 

The annual festival will feature a full day of bluegrass music, children’s rides, a petting zoo, children’s entertainment, parade, craft booths, food and more.  New features to this year’s festival will include tours of historic buildings, which will include the Granville Mercantile building, which is currently under restoration, Granville Presbyterian Church Building and the Dr. L.M. Freeman office building. A new event will be the recreation of Dr. Freeman Day on July 24, 1955 at his office.  Granville will honor the memory of Freeman, as well as all the babies he delivered during his longtime practice in Granville. If Freeman delivered anyone, call 931-653-4511 as a list is under development, and attend a ceremony at 1 p.m. to be part of the Dr. Freeman parade May 26 at 2 p.m..  

Granville will also be a host to “Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature” traveling exhibit from the East Tennessee History Museum in Knoxville at the Granville Museum until June 1.   

For more information, call 931-653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.

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