Historical Destinations

Step Back in Time

 

 

Hear the stories and experience the days of old with us! Travel back in time to when Jackson County Tennessee consisted of thriving Riverboat towns! Check out our fascinating museums, a meteorite landing site, and a civil war hospital that dates back to the 1800s! The communities of Gainesboro and Granville are both listed on the National Register of Historic places and have many stories to share with you.

Experience Our Local History 

Granville Mercantile

164 Clover Street Granville, TN 38564
Bed & Breakfast, Lodging, Event Venue

The Granville Mercantile has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a full kitchen constituting 800 square feet of living space. The bedrooms each have their own private bath, large windows, and are nicely decorated—modern and contemporary. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed and looks out to the Presbyterian church and the Granville Pioneer Village. The master also serves as the bride’s room, where she can enjoy preparations with her maid of honor and bridesmaids. The second bedroom has a full-size bed, and looks out onto our side yard with views of our main street and Pioneer Village. The kitchen area has a full-sized refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, a cozy island, a dining table, a comfortable daybed (perfect for lounging and/or sleeping) and a 50″ television. From the kitchen you step out to the deck and on to your back yard.

Jackson County Historical Society Museum

105 Montpelier Ave Gainesboro, TN 38562

Flynn Creek Crater

2000 Flynns Creek Rd Gainesboro, TN 38562

An impact crater formed approximately 360 million years ago as a shallow, saucer-shaped crater, 2.4 mi in diameter.

Roaring River Distillery

208 South Main Street Gainesboro, TN 38562
Antiques, Decor

Nestled in the hills of the Upper Cumberland Plateau where moonshine has been made for hundreds of years we are continuing the tradition. We make old fashioned moonshine using a traditional copper still with non GMO white corn and techniques that have been used for years to produce a quality smooth product.

Carrying on a family tradition we do everything by hand, from malting our own corn, bottling and labeling. The recipe is the same as it was when the product was manufactured illegally so you get that taste enjoyed for years by many.

The owners Scott and Sheila Hunt invite you to come visit Roaring River Distillery and watch and learn from their son Chad Hunt who is now an experienced Master Distiller as he will explain the process of the craft.
Located in Gainesboro TN right of the courthouse square in the former and historic Ford dealership that dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Take a step back in time and check out our store where you can by our alcohol and unique items. Look for us under the Texaco Star!

Sutton General Store and Museum

169 Clover St Granville, TN 38564
Event Venue

A General Store built in the 1800's and now serving as a venue for music, great food and special events. Step back in time and see this beautiful old store.

Granville Museum

179 Clover St Granville, TN 38564

The Granville Museum tells the story of the riverboat town of Granville, Tennessee. The museum contains a great pictorial display of every aspect of the history of Granville. Many historical items from homes, businesses, schools and the community are on display. The museum features a military, school and music room and a room with furnishings depicting a home in the early 1900's.

Granville Weddings

164 Clover Street Granville, TN 38564
Bed & Breakfast, Event Venue

Built in 1922, the Granville Presbyterian Church now serves as our wedding chapel. The all-brick building with its center lancet window and twin steeples is striking in appearance. One tower contains a church bell from the 1880s, which we believe was originally installed in the 19th century church that this building replaced. You are welcome to ring the wedding bell on your big day!

The interior of the church features high wooden ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors, complemented by its uncommon curved pews of varying sizes. The front and side elevations feature tall windows with century-old glass, that lets in light in a lovely way. The walls are white and accented with wooden trim. The floors slope toward the front, where they meet the rostrum. There is a back door which leads into a small room (originally used for storage) so that the groom and groomsmen might enter from the rear. As with the Mercantile next door, we believe that all wood was milled here in Granville. We have kept all the original lighting.

Due to the historic nature of the church, the building is all original, meaning we have not added a bathroom or air conditioning. (Both are readily available just a few steps away inside the Granville Mercantile.) 

Sutton Homestead & Pioneer Village

186 Clover St Granville, TN 38564

Fort Blount

Highway 53 Gainesboro, TN 38562

Fort Blount was a frontier fort and federal outpost located along the Cumberland River.

Clover Lake Cottage

197 Clover Street Granville, TN 38564
Lodging, Event Venue

Clover Lake Cottage is a historic vacation home  located in the heart of Granville, TN.  The cottage is near Cordell Hull Lake, a rural lake within the Cumberland River. One of the original homes of this rural community,  this country cottage has been completely remodeled and rennovated-all while still keeping its own unique country charm.

Bougie BeBe

Downtown Square Gainesboro, TN 38562
Bed & Breakfast

Beautiful newly remodeled upstairs apartment featuring 2 King Suites and a central shared living area. Full kitchen, laundry, eating area, and living space. Top scale finishes and amenities. This amazing space is located on the downtown city square in historic Gainesboro. Within steps to amazing restaurants, shops, and distillery. This upstairs apartment is across the street from the courthouse. Located within a short drive to multiple city parks, state parks, and natural water attractions.

Veterans Hall Memorial Museum and Jackson County Archives

104 Short St Gainesboro, TN 38652

The main purpose of the Jackson County Archives is to safeguard and preserve the older records from local county government offices.

The Gaines House

204 North Murray St Gainesboro, TN 38562

In January, 1862, after the Battle of Mill Springs, KY, most of the homes in Gainesboro were used as field hospitals for Confederate soldiers. The Gaines House is the oldest house in Gainesboro and is the only house still standing that was used as a hospital. It has also been known as the Vanhooser House.