Historic Granville recently announced the town's 2017 theme will be "1940s: A Decade of Change - Thanks for the Memories."
The yearlong celebration will kick off on Thursday, March 9. During World War II, many soldiers were stationed in Granville for military maneuvers and, while stationed there, they were often visited by wives and girlfriends. They also developed strong friendships with local residents. Granville will salute these soldiers and their loved ones with a variety of exhibits and events. The 1880 Sutton Home will feature guided tours of "Maneuvers: They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends;" the Granville Antique Car Museum will features 1940s automobiles and military vehicles; the Granville Museum will feature "Memories of the 1940s," and the town will be decorated to resemble the era. The museum will also host the Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit, "The Slaves & Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation from March 9 through June 6.
The official grand opening of the 1940s Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 8, with the 1940s coming to life in 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 April 8 celebration will also feature the fifth annual Granville Genealogy Festival with a full day of speakers, booths and genealogical information. A 3 p.m. parade will spotlight automobiles up to the 1950s as part of an antique car show planned for the day.
April 8 will also see the second annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival, sponsored by The Upper Cumberland Wine Trail, from noon until 5 p.m. in Granville's Pioneer Village. Meanwhile, the Lynn Beal Jazz Band will perform on the Pruett Stage. That evening, John Tomlin & Company will perform during the Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show as Granville celebrates the ninth anniversary of the Sutton General Store and Sutton Ole Time Music Hour.
Granville plans to carry the 1940s theme throughout its celebrations this year, including the April 22 Vintage Fashion Show, Sale and Lunch; the May 6 Cornbread &Moonshine Festival; the 19th annual Granville Heritage Day on May 27; the third annual Grits and Glitz Shopping Extravaganza and Pioneer Village Barn Sale on June 9 and 10; October's Scarecrow Festival; the Oct. 7 Fall Celebration; and the 1940s Christmas Season entitled "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Nov. 10 through Dec. 30 with 1940s Granville Country Christmas set for Dec. 9.
Historic Granville is operated by 180 volunteers who give of their time to preserve the historic town of yesteryear, located in nearby Jackson County. Granville is currently enlisting new volunteers for the 2017 season. To learn more, call (931) 653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.