Sutton General Store in Granville was one of 21 recipients of the Tennessee Historical Commission’s 2009 Certificate of Merit Awards which recognizes individuals or groups throughout the state that have worked to conserve or highlight Tennessee’s cultural heritage during the past year.
The awards recognize historic preservation projects as well as work in the field of history.
“From a 100-year-old country store that has been restored as the symbol of a small town’s revitalization, to a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art exhibit showcasing the story of East Tennessee, this year’s diverse awards honor those working to protect and advance Tennessee’s unique history,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the THC.
Sutton General Store in Granville in Jackson County honors Harold Sutton and the Granville Museum board and volunteers. Sutton spent approximately $200,000 toward restoring the long-vacant circa 1880 Sutton General Store before donating it to the museum. More than 50 volunteers worked to complete the restoration. The store reopened in April as the Granville Museum, Inc. and Granville Arts and Cultural Center. The store is a major draw for heritage tourism locally.
Also, John Oliver of Hartsville, Trousdale County, was honored with a Certificate of Merit for his long-time service as county historian and author of articles and books on Trousdale County.
For more information about the THC and its programs, visit www.tn.gov/environment/hist/.