A half-pint in stature but with a giant of a heart inside, 22-year-old Vincent B. DeNardo arrived in Granville on July 4, 1943, one of a thousand G.I.s who trained in the area for World War II. Affectionately nicknamed "Little Moe," the Philly native returned for more than 20 autumns once the war was over. He brought his camera, and by the time he stopped snapping, he had taken more than 1,000 photos of the quaint Jackson County village that nestled beside the Cumberland River.
The walking track at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy was lined with frozen members from the past Wednesday.
The upcoming Granville Genealogy Festival, set for Saturday, April 8, will honor the Ragland families from Jackson County.
The historic Jackson County community of Granville recently held the grand opening ribbon cutting for its "Memories of the 1940s" celebration and the Tennessee State Museum exhibit, "Slaves & Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation."
Most folks would hate seeing their family's old home place coming to the ground.
Former Wilson County Sheriff Harold Griffin searches a crime scene. After being killed in the line of duty in 1954, his wife Rosalind Griffin, took over his duties as sheriff. She died in December 2003, at the age of 87. (photo submitted by Sheriff Terry Ashe)
For the past 94 years, friends and neighbors have assembled regularly in a simple but charming building on the hill beside Berea Church Road. Topped with a red tin roof, the structure sits next door to Berea Church of Christ and across Coles Ferry Pike from Friendship Christian School.
The 9th Annual Historic Places Tour is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.
Horn Springs Hotel and Resort stood for more than 100 years as a prominent Middle Tennessee relaxation point. Located about 5 miles west of Lebanon, the resort was frequented by weekend visitors who traveled by train from Nashville and points west of the hotel.
Historic Granville will celebrate the 18th Annual Granville Country Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, and among the day's many events will be the annual Granville Christmas Parade at 2 p.m.
Sheriff Terry Ashe in 1989, surveying the Criminal Justice Center under construction.
The old Lebanon High School on North Cumberland Street is now the site of the Wilson County Justice Center.
Historic Lebanon recently announced the ninth annual Historic Places Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 until 8:30 p.m., will celebrate Cumberland University's 175th year and its importance to Lebanon and the development of the city's neighborhoods.
Former Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce presidents: (Front row) John Hatcher, Comer Donnell, Bill Bell, Jesse Coe, J.B. Leftwich, Randall Clemons, Bob VanHooser. (Back row) Don McDougle, Jim Mills, Bill McDowell, Mike Baker, Tony Shipp, Don Simpson, Max Smith, Ted Aulds, Nelson Steed, Charles Bradley, David Foutch, Wendell Kopp, Jim Lancaster and Eddie Callis.
Johnny Cash addresses the audience during the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in the early 1970s. From left are his wife, June Carter Cash, and Gov. Winfield Dunn. The Cumberland College Singers, directed by Dr. Bert Coble, were invited to perform at the breakfast. Dunn served as Tennessee governor from 1971 to1975. Cash died in September, 2003. His wife June, died earlier that same year, in May. (Photo submitted by G. Frank Burns)
"Politicians declare war and simple men must carry through and fight each other," Eddie Stott eloquently said this week.
Highland Heights Girls Basketball team from 1954: Back Row: Linda Moser Bain, Joyce Hackney Bates, Rebecca Buhler, Carolyn Robinson, Beth Donnell Helms, Nona Wade, Judy Lea Nokes, Rita Goad Phillips, June Vaughn Fulmer and Coach 'Mac' McMillan. Front Row: Betty Jo Dircy, Minnie Sue Phillips Coghill, Donna Singleton Evins, Gayle Freeman Johnston and Sabra Goodall Todd.
Historic Lebanon has received a $100,000 grant from the state and plans to use the funds to spur improvements to historic structures on the city's public square.
The Smith boys of Statesville, like many men raised during the Depression, grew up straight and true and heard their country's call to duty.
The annual Festival of Trees opens at Historic Granville in Jackson County on Friday, Nov. 11 as part of the "Garland & Gifts Galore" grand opening of the 2016 Christmas season.
Ladies dressed in Indian attire - 1924-1925. (Photo courtesy of the City of Lebanon Museum and History Archives)
Photo by Gwin King (stamped on back) of radio announcer "Scooter Bill." (Photo courtesy of the City of Lebanon Museum and History Archives)
The Martha Gaston Hospital, located on South College Street, operated until the mid-1960s. The building now houses Cedarcroft Home of Lebanon.
Members of the Major School class - From left, in the back row: Leonard Arbuckle, Gwyn Baird, Frank Crosslin, Sam Bonds, Douglas Lannom, Dick Huddleston, Robert Ingram, Spencer Jordan and Thomas Drennon. Second row: Thelma Jordan Edwards, Ella Owen Majors Reed, Mary Quarles Arnold, Rebecca Bonds Christian, Teacher Fannie Andrews, Margaret Pardon Jones, Mildred Drennon Jones, Lena Bond Anderson and Ethel Crennon Carter. Front row: Will Owens Williams, Frank Alsup and Walter Atkerson.
Editor's Note: Thanks to Elizabeth Lannom and Peggy Robinson who provided the names of the students at Major School in the "Remember when" photo that ran initially in the November 10, 2004 edition.
Members of the Margaret Gaston chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently had an opportunity to purchase a living piece of history on a visit to American Heritage Trees in Lebanon. American Heritage Trees, located on the Rice Century Farm, promotes educational and environmental development by providing saplings of trees from important places in the United States. Trees grown by American Heritage are descended from trees that have witnessed history, including trees at George Washington's plantation in Virginia, Hellen Keller's farm in Alabama, Mark Twain's home place in Missouri and more. Pictured at American Heritage Trees are Judy Sullivan, Phyllis Hunter and Rhonda Moore. SUBMITTED
Mt. Juliet was the place to be this past weekend, that is, for ghosts and goblins and those who want simpler times.
A group of Future Farmers of America from Wilson County visited President Herbert Hoover in Washington sometime in 1930.Wallace Bryan is standing to the right of the President, (center, holding hat).
The Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold a pair of benefit turkey shoots on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 5 to help fund the restoration of the 7th Tennessee Infantry's Regimental Flag.
Coal-black kettles of fire-cooked pinto beans, biscuits warmed in old-fashioned black iron stoves, bluegrass music, crafters, mule-turned molasses and memories of old Mt. Juliet will culminate on a local farm this Saturday and Sunday.
These students attended McClain School in the 1930s. Front Row: Berta Ferrell, Vashti Pritchard, Alice Barbee Back Row: Ailene Spears, Belle Hancock, Mrs. E.T. Beard. (Photo courtesy of the Wilson County Archives)
Historic Granville in Jackson County will host the third annual Granville Ghost Walk and Haunted Village on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.
As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.
Lebanon's Juanita and Will Grandstaff have competed in more slow-pitch softball games than you can shake a bat at.
These two children were photographed by Chas. G. Whitson, Lebanon Tennessee. Jack Stephens of Hermitage Tennessee, purchased the photograph along with other items from a store in Illinois. Can anyone identify these two children? (Photo courtesy of the Wilson County Archives)
Six young men stand in front of a store. (Photo courtesy of the Wilson County Archives)
On Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., Cumberland University will host J. Roderick Heller III as he discusses the life of Felix Grundy, a Tennessean and friend of Andrew Jackson whose distinguished career included service as U.S. attorney general under President Martin Van Buren as well as terms in the U.S. Senate and House.
One of the toll gate houses on the Nashville Pike was also a roadside store. The signage on the building reads "G.W. Martin, Confectioner, Wholesale and Retail." On the porch are George W. Martin, his little girl Notie, and Mrs. Martin.
Steve Armstrong directed the Sound & Light production "Steel Magnolias" at the Chapel Playhouse on Market Street in Lebanon in May 1990. Cast members Jamie Walker, Wendy Massey, Margaret Piercey and Betty Stephens are pictured.
MAMMOTH CAVE, KY.--This is holey ground.
Stretching 405 miles and counting, this monarch of caves boasts the longest known cave system in the world and features a maze of magnificent subterranean vaults.
It's football time in Wilson County. This was the Lebanon High School football team in 1923. Do you know the names of these players and coaches?
On Sept. 1, Historic Granville opened a new exhibit at the 1880 Sutton Homestead entitled "1930s: A Time of Endurance."
Guests at the Friends of Historic Lebanon annual dinner learned about more than our city's history on Tuesday night. They learned about our country's 8th President Martin Van Buren and the two-party political system, in particular.
The Andrew Jackson Foundation hosted an evening with Jon Meacham at the National Archives on Wednesday, March 2. CedarStone Bank President and Andrew Jackson Foundation board member Bob McDonald attended the event, which included a special presentation of selected papers from the National Archives' Jackson collection.
According to Historic Lebanon representatives, "Everything old is new again!" - and what better example of this slogan than the newly renovated, retailer occupied Lebanon Public Square.
Fiddlers Grove will open on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. to kick off the 2016 season with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Twenty-five years ago an overpowering whim redirected Emily Steinberg-Cash to her Middle Tennessee roots. In the process of settling in a circa 1835 two-story Southern plantation house, she found her future in the past.
The Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, along with the wineries of the Upper Cumberland Wine Trail and Historic Granville, recently announced the inaugural Upper Cumberland Wine Festival is set to take place on Saturday, April 9 from noon until 5 p.m. in Granville.
We would be driving back south for a kayaking trip near Lake City, Fla. and would be passing by the old stomping grounds of my internship in Macon, Ga. Since leaving the Macon hospital some 50 years ago, I wondered what things might have still been around in the town I had spent a year in. we had enough time in our schedule to make a quick visit, so I ask Siri, our Google map IT guide, to find our old address. Between Linda and Siri, I preferred the high-tech directions I could understand and were rarely wrong.
Longtime University Medical Center/Tennova switchboard operator Mary Baines is retiring after 37 years.
The 2016 Granville Genealogy Festival will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Granville Museum, and this year's festival will honor the Carter family, according to event organizers.
If the St. Patrick's holiday has you longing for more Irish culture and entertainment - you're in luck! The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will perform Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.
What began as a blogging pastime has developed into a historic venture for Cumberland University. President Dr. Paul Stumb welcomed the press and special guests to the university on Monday to unveil the "Van Buren Papers" project.
It's been a long time coming, but with this spring's opening of Dean's Hot Chicken & Waffles and The Coffee Shoppe, eating, drinking and making merry returns to the Lebanon Square.
When it comes to the matter of facts about Wilson County, Linda Granstaff proves to be a walking, talking encyclopedia.
The radio home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up for the debut of "WSM Live from The Capitol Theatre," a live performance show highlighting aspiring singers and songwriters.
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage recently held a celebration event commemorating the 201st anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans.
Twenty-eight ancient stone sculptures, found primarily between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, are spending a bit of quality time together, courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum.
A day of free activities including guest speakers, living history programs, a wreath-laying and a book-signing at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage on Friday, Jan. 8, will mark the 201st anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
In the times of my youth in the early 1960s, the Christmas parade was always held at night after the fall of darkness. The Christmas decorations on the light poles were never turned on until the Christmas parade was taking place. The Christmas parade always went from east to west on East Main Street and around the Public Square and then onto West Main Street.
On behalf of Historic Lebanon, I would like to thank the community for a great 2015. Our recent 8th Annual Historic Places Tour had more than 300 participants enjoying a wonderful night in Lebanon.
In 1932 flagpole sitting had flagged out, dance marathons were still the rage and swallowing goldfish had not yet caught the fancy of college kids.
In Lebanon, Tennessee, for who knows what reason, 22-year-old Russell Witt had himself handcuffed to the steering wheel of a Chevy sedan, lightly put his foot on the gas pedal and set off on a nonstop155-hour spin that set a world endurance record.
The community was invited to the Wilson County Election Commission on Tuesday for the 100th Anniversary Historic Marker Placement Ceremony for the establishment, located at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon, which formerly served as the Old Federal Post Office.
Historic Lebanon announced this week plans for the 8th Annual Historic Places Tour, slated for Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5 until 8:30 p.m.
On the old home place that's been in his family for more than 200 years, Dr. Roger McKinney's mines gold -- liquid gold.
Like many other American heroes, David M. Tomlinson, a Vietnam Veteran, doesn't glorify war.
Coal black kettles of fire-cooked pinto beans, biscuits warmed in old-fashioned black iron stoves, bluegrass music, crafters, mule-turned molasses and memories of old Mt. Juliet culminated on a Mt. Juliet farm Saturday.
A spanking new cedar-covered bridge, likely the sole structure of its type in Wilson County, will serve as a span to the past.
Modern lives are virtual - our news, shopping and interactions are digested alone, usually on a smartphone. While technology certainly has its advantages and makes many tasks more convenient, people yearn for a connection, not only to a physical spot but a connection to the pulse, to the heart of a community. Recapturing or recreating a sense of community is what creative placemaking is all about.
Inside a 30-foot-by-60-foot structure near Gladeville, a miniature forest of 5,000 saplings reaches skyward, each plant biding its time, awaiting the opportunity to help pass along the story of a great American.
The express purpose of the writing of this column is very simple. Many, many people and families have moved to Lebanon and to Wilson County from other places who have absolutely no knowledge of our history, how we came to be and of who and what we are.
In 1983, the theme was HAVE WE GOT A FAIR FOR YOU. That tradition established the yearly theme selected by the Fair Board. The dates of the 1983 fair were August 29 through September 3.
In this edition, since it is almost time for the award-winning Wilson County Fair to take place, our topic will be just that-- THE WILSON COUNTY FAIR!
The Civil War was about slavery. Yes, it was about States' rights - a state's right to allow slavery. We can be proud of so much of our heritage here in the South. But not slavery. Slavery was shameful.
Be watching any day for a batch of 12-by-18-inch signs bearing big green dots to begin popping up in Lebanon, Mt, Juliet and other places around Wilson County.
Once they're up, well, if you dig local history, then it's ready, get set, go time!
They call it First Tennessee Park, this spanking new $75 million baseball stadium that awaits the Nashville Sounds' first home game this Friday under the lights.
The express purpose of the writing of this column is very simple. Many, many people and families have moved to Lebanon and to Wilson County from other places who have absolutely no knowledge of our local history, how we came to be, or who and what we are.
Numerous grave markers dot a 7.7-acre tranquil field lying within a whisper of the green and white Lebanon City Limits sign.
Some names and dates chiseled into the gray headstones can no longer be deciphered as a century's worth of ravaging by wind, rain and cold has erased the letters and numerals from the limestone surfaces.
After 125 years, the Ladies' Hermitage Association is getting a new name, a new focus on President Andrew Jackson and a national board of trustees that includes a familiar face from Wilson County's business community, CedarStone Bank President Bob McDonald.
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