Those who wish to view the August 21 solar eclipse in a rural setting with no distractions will find just that in historic Granville, according to organizers of the Jackson County community's Solar Eclipse Viewing Party.
Located on the shores of Cordell Hull Lake, Granville will host its viewing party on August 21 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The eclipse is estimated to begin at noon, and the total eclipse will occur at 1:28 p.m. and last for two minutes and 35 seconds. Headquarters for the event will be Granville's T.B. Sutton General Store, which will feature chairs and viewing stations located in open spaces near the lake.
Activities being planned for the whole family include tours of the Granville Museum, the Sutton Homestead, the Granville Antique Car Museum and the general store. Food and music will be included in the day, and unique shopping experiences will be provided by the Granville Gift and Granville Antique Shop. Dr. Opless Walker is scheduled to hold a talk at 10 a.m. at the museum to explain the solar eclipse phenomenon.
The Granville Solar Eclipse Viewing Party is free and open to the public. Eclipse viewing kits with special viewing glasses and other souvenir items will be available for purchase. A special "Out of this World" lunch will be served at Sutton General Store beginning at 10:30 a.m. Call (931) 653-4151 for reservations. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.