Category Archives: Historical Society

Bar-B-Que Lunch

Please join us for lunch on Saturday June 10 from 11:00AM till 1:00PM. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Grundy County Historical Society, City Hall or Annex Cafe.

For more information or to get involved please contact: Heritage Center at  931-592-6008 or Nadine Moore at 931-273-2194

All proceeds will go to Grundy County Historical Society.


Fish Fry Fundraiser

Celebrate with us on Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Nadene Moore, Bobby Wiggins, Peggy Griffith and many other friends of Grundy County Historical Society are planning a magnificent fish fry dinner to be held at the Heritage Center at 465 Railroad Avenue in Tracy City. Take out orders are available. We will celebrate two milestone events: (1) completion of the reroofing of all three roof structures on the Heritage Center and (2) reduction of the principal of our remaining mortgage with United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to $125,000 with the launch of a campaign to retire that indebtedness.

Tickets to the event are $15.00. Funds raised will support the Annual Fund for 2016-2017. The Annual Fund is a vital part of the financial structure of Grundy County Historical Society. It comprises a significant part of the building operation expenses that include insurance on the Heritage Center, utilities, security, building upkeep, maintenance and repairs.

This year we have faced a serious building maintenance problem due to an extraordinary amount of rain received in January that resulted in significant leaks in the upstairs offices and in the 1978 addition that houses the Exhibit Hall. Thanks to the alertness and dedication of our floor manager, Nadene Fultz Moore, who monitored the many leaks throughout the rainfall including Saturday and Sunday, interior damage was limited to parts of the ceiling and insulation. The expense of new roofs for the Heritage Center has exceeded $46,000. We have had the support of a $20,000 grant from U.S.D.A. Rural Development, a grant $10,000 from Community Fund of the South Cumberland Plateau, $6,000 from Grundy County together with generous contributions from patrons of the Heritage Center.

The initial mortgage indebtedness included a $40,000 first mortgage to purchase the facility and a $190,000 second mortgage to complete restoration of the facility and develop the museum, library and research center. We have retired the 40,000 first mortgage in full and reduced the principal of the $190,000 second mortgage by $65,000 to $125,000. This has been a $105,000 reduction of principal plus interest paid.

We are grateful and want to celebrate. You can either purchase tickets at the Heritage Center or mail money for your tickets to Nadene Moore at the Heritage Center. Tickets for the event may also be purchased at the event. If you cannot attend the event, please show your support with a contribution to the Annual Fund.

Ridley Willis II, June ’15

Ridley Wills, II to Speak at Heritage Center

The Annual Meeting of Members of Grundy County Historical Society will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Heritage Center located at 465 Railroad Avenue in Tracy City. The public is welcome. Membership applications will be available at the meeting for person interested in becoming members. There will be a presentation at the meeting by noted Middle Tennessee historian, Ridley Wills, II. His topic will be The Way to the Plateau: trails, rails, roads and highways. Wills has spent much of his life researching and writing Middle Tennessee history. His 20th book, 150 Years of History along the Franklin and Granny White Pikes, will be released this fall. His first book The History of Belle Meade: Mansion, Plantation, and Stud, won the 1991 Tennessee Book Award. Other books include Old Enough to Die (1996), Touring Tennessee: A Postcard Panorama 1898-1955 (1996), Tennessee Governors at Home (1999), Belle Meade Country Club: The First 100 Years (2001), Joe C. Davis Jr. 1919-1989 (2001), Gentlemen, Scholar, Athlete: The History of Montgomery Bell Academy (2005), Yours to Count On (2007), Jessie and Ridley (2008), The Hermitage at One Hundred (2009), Heritage, Highballs, and Hijinks (2010), The YMCA of Middle Tennessee (2011), Nashville Streets & their Stories (2012) and Disastrous Deaths (2014).

Wills is active in various educational, preservation and religious organizations including membership at The Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, and has served on boards or as trustee for many organizations active in Middle Tennessee including The Belle Meade Plantation, Cumberland Museum and Science Center, Land Trust of Tennessee, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle Assembly Endowment Corporation, Montgomery Bell Academy, Samaritan’s Incorporated, Tennessee Historical Society, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee. In 2010 Wills became an emeritus member of Vanderbilt University Board of Trust where he had served as trustee since 1988. He is a member of Grundy County Historical Society and has been a significant contributor to the development of the Heritage Center.