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Granville Genealogy Festival this weekend
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The first annual Granville Genealogy Festival will occur in Granville on July 5, 6 and 7 with one of it many events being “Storytelling of Times Past” at the Pruett Stage.  

Storytelling will begin at 11 a.m. with “It Was Hard to be a Woman”- the hard life of a woman in the early 1900s by Robbie Melton.  At 1 p.m. “The Settlers Journey to the Promised Land” –tales of the hardships and problems faced by the early setters as they enter the Upper Cumberland.  At 1 and 3 p.m. at the Sutton Barn building Leon Jeans will tell “The Thirteen Months a Year Job”- hardships of being a farmer in times past. At 3:30 p.m. “If This Street Could Talk - A Day in the Granville in the 1930s” by Randall Clemons.  

The Genealogy Festival will begin on Friday July 5 with a Opening Ceremony at noon at Pruett Stage followed by a afternoon of cemetery tours, genealogy sharing at surname booths, genealogy research at Granville Museum and tours of town.

The day will conclude with a Jazz Festival beginning at 7 p.m. with no admission charge.  Dinner will be served at Sutton General Store at 6 p.m and reservations are preferred by calling (931)653-4151.

On Saturday July 6 the Genealogy Festival will begin at 9 a.m. with a full day of speakers at the Granville United Methodist Church featuring Dr. Calvin Dickinson, Ronald Dishman, Jill Jones-Lazuka, Trent Hanner, Dr. Michael Birdwell and Mike Gilpatrick.

The Genealogy 68 plus surname booths will be set up in individual tent covering the genealogy of the following families: Allen, Anderson, Apple, Armstrong, Aytes, Biggs, Birdwell, Brown, Carter, Carver, Clark, Clemons, Clinton, Crabtree, Danley, Dixon, Dowell, Ferrell, Flatt, Floyd, Fraim, Gipson, Hargis, Harris, Heady, Hensley, Hickman, Holliman, Huff, Hull, Jarred, Jenkins, Johnson, Keith, Kelly,Kirby, Lemons, Loftis, Lytton, McCann, McDonald, McKinley, McKinnis, Meadows, Pharris, Philpot, Pippin, Pryor, Quarles, Ragland, Rawley, Ray, Reynolds, Rickman, Sadler, Smith, Spurlock, Stafford, Stanton, Steakley, Stone, Thackston, Tittle, Way, Wheeler, Williamson, Wilmore, Wright.  These booths will be operated by family members who have done research on their families. Other families can still be a part of this great day by calling (615)429-0364 or (931)653-4511.

The day will also feature craftsmen of the past with grist mill operating, blacksmith, basket weaver and primitive cooking.  

The Quarter Moon country music band will perform at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at Pruett Stage.  This will also be the last weekend of “Hats Off to our Past” exhibit at Sutton Homestead as well as the last weekend of the War of 1812 Exhibit at Granville Museum.  Great food will be served at Sutton General Store with a outside food booth on Saturday as well.  The day will conclude with the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour at 6:00 p.m. featuring Bluegrass Solutions with dinner at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. by reservation which can be made by calling (931)653-4151.  The day will end with a professional fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 7 families can worship together at Liberty Church of Christ or Granville United Methodist Church followed by lunch at Sutton General Store where tents will be provided for each family.  You will be able to carry out your lunch to your tent and reservations are needed by calling (931)653-4151.  The Genealogy Festival is featured on granvilletn.com.