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Resting on the Cumberland River in north-central Tennessee, this riverboat town was settled in the early 1800s by Scotch-Irish Presbyterian descendants from Granville County, North Carolina. First called Beach Hill, the town was renamed Granville when it was incorporated in 1837. The area's rich bottom land attracted farmers, and the river contributed to the community's rapid growth as an agricultural center. Farmers and their slaves brought tobacco, livestock, and lumber to market. As waterway commerce increased, Granville became a riverboat town with numerous warehouses. The town catered to the riverboat workers and passengers with a hotel, saloon, general stores, blacksmith shop, post office, bank, gristmill, pharmacy, funeral home, barber shop, and doctors' offices. The community's proximity to the river has made it appealing to many people throughout the years, including Gen. George Patton, who utilized the area during World War II for training and maneuvers.
ISBN: 9780738517834
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authored by the Granville Museum, Inc., Granville tells the story of the town from its early growing years to the present, as local commerce has shifted from agriculture to recreation. Today, the past is brought back to life throughout the year with Heritage Day, the Quilt Festival, riverboat cruises complete with jazz bands, and even a Country Christmas Celebration. This book, with over 200 images, is a testimony to the unique personalities which made up rural life in our country.
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