The United States Department of the Interior has recognized the T.B. Sutton General Store of Granville as a historical place.
The store was added to the National Register of Historic Places earlier this month with a re-dedication ceremony set for May 25th.
Historical Consultant Carver Moore said the recognition will help boost tourism to the Sutton store.
“There’s a lot of people that plan trips around the different national register sites,” Moore said. “They go online and they pull up a list of what different places are listed on the national register in a specific area. They might try and see each of those, so that’ll bring in tourism in itself.”
The Tennessee State Review Board recommended the store be placed on the national register earlier this year.
Moore said the store has significant historical value to Granville, serving as a community staple for area residents for decades.
“Residents could come from all around and get just about anything they needed,” Moore said. “There was a pharmacy, they sold insurance out of it, there was a fix-it shop inside of it, they sold caskets and things like that inside of the store… It has been and it was the lifeline of the Granville community, and it still serves as the lifeline for the city of Granville.”
A press release from Moore Historical Consulting states the T.B. Sutton General Store was first constructed in 1880. The building sat empty for nearly 30 years before being purchased in 2007 and used again as a general store, restaurant, and music venue.
The re-dedication ceremony will take place next Saturday, May 25th starting at 9 a.m. as part of Granville Heritage Day.