Granville Museum, Inc.
P.O. Box 26
Granville TN 38564
Mission Statement
The mission of the Granville Museum, in Granville, TN, is to function as a repository for artifacts, historical information and genealogy related to families in local and surrounding communities. The site will serve as a resource for historical collections. The museum will use interesting, educational approaches to display, present, and interpret Granville's unique past and its people for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
 
To accomplish this mission, the Granville Museum will:
  • Create a place where people of all ages and various backgrounds can view and appreciate the work of local artists. The exhibitions and programs will be designed to strengthen and sustain the talents of these regional artists.
  • Preserve and promote bluegrass, gospel, classic, country and old time music through Saturday night concerts and community festivals.
  • Record and display the military stories, including World War II maneuvers and describe their impact on the local community.
  • Honor the area's unique riverboat and farming heritage.
  • Serve as a storytelling site to enhance the area's oral history.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Randall Clemons
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wilson Bank & Trust
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $227,115.00
Projected Annual Revenue $229,950.00 (2014)
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Granville Museum, in Granville, TN, is to function as a repository for artifacts, historical information and genealogy related to families in local and surrounding communities. The site will serve as a resource for historical collections. The museum will use interesting, educational approaches to display, present, and interpret Granville's unique past and its people for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
 
To accomplish this mission, the Granville Museum will:
  • Create a place where people of all ages and various backgrounds can view and appreciate the work of local artists. The exhibitions and programs will be designed to strengthen and sustain the talents of these regional artists.
  • Preserve and promote bluegrass, gospel, classic, country and old time music through Saturday night concerts and community festivals.
  • Record and display the military stories, including World War II maneuvers and describe their impact on the local community.
  • Honor the area's unique riverboat and farming heritage.
  • Serve as a storytelling site to enhance the area's oral history.
Background In 1999 a group of concerned local citizens joined together to preserve the history of Granville, Tennessee as well as preserve the former Granville Church of Christ building which has also served as a private school building. This was a major endeavor for a community of 250 people, but was accomplished far beyond our dreams. In five short months a local board was formed, a building was remodeled and historical items were gathered for the first Granville Heritage Day on Saturday, May 29, 1999. This was accomplished through private gifts, with no governmental support.

In 2001, we added a building to the side to house a farm implement museum. A two story addition was completed in 2003 which contains our military, school and music displays along with a restroom on the first floor. The second floor is a replica of an early 1900's home, completely furnished.

In 2005 we computerized our museum. Heritage Day has grown to an attendance in 2005 of 6,500. It is one of the larger community events in the Upper Cumberland with no admission charge. Our museum publishes three newsletters each year to 2,000 mailing addresses. We have a "Friends of the Museum" group which contribute $25.00 annually to the museum. Our building preservation program has helped preserve an 1850's two story general store which was in a state of total disrepair and a 1930's bank, post office and barber shop building which are now museums, complete with some of the original furnishings.

In 2005 we started the Granville Century Farm and Home Program to promote the preservation of family homes and farms in Granville. For five years we hosted a Veterans Appreciation Day in November of each year, until we had honored each military war of years past. In 2006 we started storytelling events which have been well received and the
"Jimmy C. Gotcher After-School Music Program" is managed by the Granville Museum Inc. It was started by a donation honoring the father of the local high school and middle school band teacher.

In 2007 we developed a historical Down Memory Lane next to the museum which is a walking historical park.

In 2008 we opened the 1880 Sutton General Store operating as a general store, dining room with plays and storytelling. Each Saturday night we offer Sutton Ole Time Music Hour with different bluegrass bands performing with the program being taped for radio. We also have 2 dinner seating's each Saturday.

On June 21st we opened the Granville Arts & Cultural Center on the second floor of Sutton General Store in a partnership with the Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance.
Impact
This story includes, but is not limited to, a rich river boat history, strong agricultural ties, World War II maneuvers, small town life, a diverse musical history, and detailed genealogy. We sponsor annual festivals, on-going cultural and artistic events utilizing our two facilities, the Granville Museum and the Sutton General Store. We draw thousands of visitors to the area each year thus having a positive economic impact on the community. Our programs serve a diverse population of varied ages, backgrounds, cultures, and knowledge levels. In 2011 the organization opened the Sutton Homestead which is a
historic home, craftsmen shops, transportation museum, log homestead
with out buildings, gardens and ag museum.
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The Granville Museum, Inc. was formed in 1999 to preserve the history of the historic riverboat town of Granville, Tennessee. We have endeavored to preserve our historic buildings as well as host three annual cultural events to promote the arts in the Upper Cumberland area. Being in a rural county, our museum has met the needs of all ages, races and income levels. We have preserved the past by producing a DVD of the history of Granville, publishing a pictorial history book and cookbook.

Our museum showcases the lifestyle of Granville in earlier days focusing on business, families and homes, churches, schools, military, and agriculture.
Our largest event of the year, Heritage Day, preserves the past and carries the story into the future with craftsmen demonstrations, Civil War reenactment, storytelling, bluegrass festival, and antique cars, tractors and engines shows.

In October we conduct "Jazz on the Cumberland" where we have professional musicians as well as high school and college bands performing on a stage at Granville Veterans Park on the banks of the Cumberland River. On this same day we have a Quilt Festival preserving the talent of the past and promoting the current talent with competition and seminars.

In December we host Granville Country Christmas which promotes musical talents for the holidays.
We have just purchased the Sutton Homestead which is a town block
consisting of a 1870 home, garage, barn, metal building and vacant property.  We have raised the money to pay for the property and we have
begun the development of the home being a exhibition center as well as
historic home, metal building becoming a Transportation Museum, garage
becoming a blacksmith shop, weaving shop, grist mill shop as well as
ag museum.  The vacant property will become a Pioneer Village of
yesteryear.  The focus of this property is teach children our great heritage
of yesteryear as well as telling the story to all ages.  We are in the process
of raising addtional funds to complete this great project.

We were given the Sutton General Store in 2007 and opened in April 2008 as a operating store Wednesday thru Saturday. We have Sutton Ole Time Music Hour each Saturday night with live radio taping. Our dining room offers storytelling and plays. The Sutton General Store is the home of the Granville Arts and Cultural Center which encourages, promotes, and facilitates the arts in the area while offering a glimpse into Granville's past.
Needs
1. Funding for programs
2. Development of Storytelling Festival
3. Further develop and enhance museum exhibits
4. Development of Sutton Homestead and funding for development.           
5. Funding for staff
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Visit website, www.granvilletn.com to  Become a Friend of the Museum. Choose  Friends of Museum from About Us in sidebar menu.
Various volunteer opportunities available. All interested parties may leave contact information with webmaster and you will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / History Museums
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Historical Organizations
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Jackson
TN - Macon
TN - Overton
TN - Putnam
TN - Smith
TN - Wilson
We serve all 95 counties in Tennessee.  We draw large numbers from Jackson, Macon, Overton, Putnam, Smith and Wilson counties.   
Board Chair Statement
The Granville Museum and the town of Granville are both very unique as they draw visitors who take a stroll down memory lane. Settled in 1799, Granville has a rich history as a riverboat town on the Cumberland River.

The museum has led the community in preservation of its rich history and in preservation of its many historical buildings. The board of directors are strongly committed to continue growing the museum and meeting the needs of the area.

Our board recognizes the museum's future direction as we strive to involve younger people and grow an endowment. We are in the process of developing a junior board to carry the work forward for years to come. Our organization is so important to the past and future of Granville as we promote our town and yet preserve it at the same time.

Our board is different from many boards in that we not only plan and direct, but are people of action where each member is responsible for a specific task. We operate our museum and events with no paid staff. Our passion is strong to carry forward our work on a volunteer basis. As we plan for the future, we want to develop a strong storytelling festival and develop a music training program for school age children. We also want to develop our town into a major tourist attraction while preserving its small town atmosphere. We want to take our bluegrass festival and weekly concerts to the next level. We want to have a history day for the children of our area and to further develop our primitive craftsmen program.

As director of our museum, my passion is to lead our board proactively and to involve younger people. We have touched thousands of lives since 1999 as we have preserved their family history, giving them a reason to come home, giving people an opportunity to step back in time, helped individuals develop musical talents and promoted the arts.

As we go to the next level, we will strive even more to bring history and talents to a rural area of Tennessee. The Sutton General Store has totally changed our organization as it requires more volunteers with us now being open four days a week at the store and museum. With the Arts & Cultural Center the opportunity to touch lives is unlimited as we promote the arts in the Upper Cumberland.
 
We are now taking the largest step of our history in the development
of Sutton Homestead as it has so much potential for our future.
CEO Statement Granville Museum is a volunteer organization and does not employ an Executive Director
Programs
Description
The Granville Museum www.granvillemuseum.com has been operating free of charge since 1999 and is open Wednesday - Saturday 12:00-3:00 PM year round.  With approximately 25,000 visitors annually, all guests are encouraged to view a 15-minute DVD which presents the archived history of the Granville area and creates a context in which to tour the museum.

The displays include: Military (Civil War, WWI, WWII), "Steamboat on the Cumberland" and Granville history in the areas of business/commerce, genealogy, education, music, agriculture and religion..

Granville Museum’s
Farm Implement display includes historic farm and agricultural equipment used in the county throughout history.

Civil War Trail Marker - The Civil War in Granville
This marker honors the Civil War activity in Granville with special
recognition of Colonel Sidney Stanton and Thomas Jefferson Lee
 .

The Museum received a donation of the Sutton General Store in 2007 which is
on of Tennessee's most historic general stores.  The store is open Wednesday
thru Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m. with unique merchandise for sale,
great lunch counter with dining room, arts & cultural center and conducts
the Sutton Ole Time Music Show with southern dinner each Saturdaynight.
The show is broadcast on seven radio stations, over the web and broadcast
to all of our military. 
 
The Museum purchased the Sutton Homestead in 2011 and now operates
it Wednesday thru Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. which includes a restored 1880 home, Grist Mill Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Weaving Shop, Antique
Car Museum, Transportation Museum, 1820 log homestead with out buildings,
gardens, crops, storytelling shed and a gazebo stage.  The homestead tells
the story of home life of yesteryear as customed volunteers lead you thru the
home. 



Budget $115,000.00
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Program Success Monitored By
Our museum does surveys from its visitors, volunteers and artist to be sure
we are meeting the needs of Middle Tennessee while preserving history
of our unique culture.  We also encourage professionals to analyze our
programs to be sure we are up to date with what we offer.
Examples of Program Success
Granville Museum, Inc. has been very successful with 2011 being our greatest
year of operation.  We raised $187,500.00 to purchase and improve the Sutton Homesttead in a 30 day period of time.  We now have 135 volunteers
that operate all three facilities.  We conduct three very successful festivals
each year, two dinner plays, two school field days teaching children about
life of yesteryear and continue to develop musicians each Saturday night
with Sutton Ole Time Music Hour.
Description The Granville Museum www.granvillemuseum.com hosts a variety annual events:

Heritage Day (May) - Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, Antique Car Show, Ralph Maddox Motorcycle Show and Antique Tractor & Engine Show.

Fall Celebration
Jazz on the Cumberland at the Granville Veterans Park
(October) on the banks of the picturesque Cumberland River/Cordell Hull Lake (featuring workshops for students and adults, Performances by Mid - H.S. Jazz Bands, College and Professional groups.

Quilt Festival - over 100 quilts in competition and on display, Storytelling and Blacksmith Festival.

Granville  Christmas-A Christmas To Remember (December)  Your thoughts will turn homeward and you will realize how special your family is to you during this exceptional holiday season. Join us for a unique celebration.

All events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by grants from foundations and corporations. The events include: Civil War Reenactment, bluegrass festival, storytelling, quilt festival, parade, memorial services and crafts. Over 8,500 attend each event on an annual basis.
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Description
Just a stone's throw from the banks of the Cumberland River stands the Sutton General Store.  Built in 1800's, the two story building's unique style features a balcony with many of the products the store offered for sale during its 90 years of service.  The original building has much of the same interior fixtures it had at the turn of the 20th century. 

July, 2000, Harold and Beverly Sutton purchased the store which was in a state of devastation.  In September, 2007, Harold and Beverly donated the renovated store, contents, and property to the Granville Museum, Inc., in order that the store could once again be a viable part of society and operate within the community of Granville.  The store offers dinner and a Bluegrass Radio Show each Saturday night.  Furnishings and memorabilia are on display; unique gifts and merchandise are for sale.  Walking back in time will be fun, interesting and educational.  

Granville Arts & Cultural Center is located upstairs in Sutton General Store.
The Granville Museum, Sutton General Store, and the Upper Cumberland Art's Alliance encourage, promote, and facilitate the arts in the area while offering a glimpse into Granville's past. We invite EVERYONE to come visit.
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Description "Sutton Ole Time Music Hour" from  Sutton General Store in Granville, TN
Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Bands perform live each Saturday night 6-8PM.
This is a free one hour warm-up show and then Sutton Ole Time Music Hour is broadcast with the live audience to radio stations.
 
Sutton Ole Time Music Hour on April 5th 2014 will celebrate its sixth anniversary. Our show is recorded for syndication in front of a live audience from the T.B. Sutton General Store in Granville, TN. We presently air in ten states and listeners from all around the world may tune-in streaming stations every day of the week.
 
Our host and creator Sam Stout brings the best in Bluegrass and ole time music. Sam has been in the music industry for many years with his own bands and studio work for the likes of Chet Atkins, etc. He has done an amazing job hosting Sutton Ole Time Music Hour since April 2008, bringing his listeners an opry feeling from the 1880 general store.
 

In 2014 our goal is to be aired on thirty radio stations, increase our live audience attendance. We will also begin our new endeavor: producing, directing, and editing a pilot series broadcast for viewers of WCTE- PBS with a regional audience of 1.5 million people. This will be accomplished through the help of our volunteers, sponsors, local businesses, and community supporters (grants).

 

Accomplishments:

Since 2008, we have recorded over 300 live performances; we are broadcast on over 20 radio and streaming stations from 10 states.

Our radio audience in 2013 has increased by 140%
 
We would like sponsors to help us expand our Radio coverage and Worldwide on the internet.
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Description The "Jimmy C. Gotcher After-School Music Program" is managed by the Granville Museum Inc. It was started in 2006 by a donation honoring the father of the local high school and middle school band teacher.

Since that time hundreds of after-school music lessons and workshops have been given to all area students who have asked to participate. These are free of charge and given by local college students and professional musicians.

Not only do the students experience a musical culture they might never have known, the College students learn to be a mentor to youth in one of the highest drug problem area's per population in the state.

In the past the Community Foundation has recognized us with a one time Chet Atkins Music Grant. In order to continue this wonderful, educational  program we are asking for your donations as we strive to do our part for our youth.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Randall Clemons
Company Affiliation Wilson Bank & Trust
Term Jan 2012 to Feb 2015
Email rclemons@wilsonbank.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Patty Barlow Voting
Liz Huff Bennett Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Randall Clemons Wilson Bank & TrustVoting
Ms. Jeannette Dalton Voting
Mrs. Betsy Harrington Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. H. Carter Harris Voting
Mr. Greg High Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Debbie Kinnard Voting
Mrs. Kaye Loftis Tennessee Tech UniversityVoting
Mr. Joe Moore Voting
Mr Chris Neeley IIICommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Paul Renfro Voting
Ms. Suzanne Stafford bankerVoting
Mr. Harold Sutton Sutton PropertiesVoting
Mr. Stan Webster Highway 25 MotorsVoting
Ms. Patsy Yates retired extension serviceVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Program
Special Events
Technology
CEO Comments
We face the challenge of developing additional voluntees as we now have
135 volunteers.  It takes a great volunteer base to operate the three
facilities as we as conducting three annual festivals.
Foundation Staff Comments
This organization also has the following Committees in place:
  • Agricultural
  • Computer
  • Country Christmas
  • Dinner Entertainment
  • Education
  • Fall Celebration
  • Finance
  • Food Trailer
  • Grants
  • Heritage Day
  • Landscape & Down Memory Lane
  • Mailouts
  • Maintenance/Building
  • Museum Exhibit
  • Museum Operation
  • Photography
  • Quilt Festival
  • Special Dinners
  • Store
  • Store Luncheons
  • Store & Museum Decorating (Seasonal)
  • Sutton Ole Time Music Hour
  • Training
  • Website
  • Service Station - Antique Car Museum
  • Pioneer Village
  • Homestead House
  • Homestead Decorating
  • Storytelling
  • Media and Publicity
  • Gazebo Stage
  • Research
  • Genealogy

Comments provided by Laurel Fisher 4/12/13.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No Executive Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 165
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Feb 2008
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
CEO Comments
Historic Granville is very successful for a snmall rural Upper Cumberland community. There is one part time employee and 165 volunteers to operate the various sites. We are searcing for funds to employ additioanl staff to assure our continued success.
 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $229,950.00
Projected Expenses $227,115.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$124,485$123,762$106,498
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.033.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$532,925$531,800$548,663
Current Assets$90,633$89,509$106,372
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$20,000
Total Net Assets$532,925$531,800$549,663
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----5.32
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $73,304Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $69,765Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $292,686
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Sales of Inventory $45,910Program Service Revenue/Sale of Inventory $56,892Sales of Inventory $52,895
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEvents $6,107 --Special Events $652
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2015
Solicitations Permit
Granville Museum 2013 Permit
Organization Comments
We face numerous challenges as we move forward which are grants to help support program of work, further development of volunteers and increasing
volunteer base, further development of tourism business, and continued
development of new programs of interest.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the the 990.
990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Foundations & Corporations are included with Individual contributions.
Comments provided by Beth Groves 6/4/14
Nonprofit Granville Museum, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 26
Granville, TN 38564
Primary Phone (931) 653-4151
Contact Email rclemons@wilsonbank.com
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Randall Clemons
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wilson Bank & Trust
Year of Incorporation 1999