HISTORY & CULTURE
Crossville - Cumberland County is located on the Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee that was originally claimed by the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. Cumberland County was established in 1855. The City of Crossville was incorporated in 1901. Crossville - Cumberland County is conveniently located between Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Crossville - Cumberland County offers an abundance of opportunities to experience the cultural arts in the traditional definition of visual, performing and literary arts.
Visual art organizations and individuals expand the entire spectrum of mediums: painting, quilting, spinning, weaving, clay, metal, basketry, wood embroidery, bobbin lace and beating. Music can be heard from all corners of the county involving both youth and adults: chamber, brass, bluegrass, country, rock and gospel. Performance opportunities abound at the world-renowned Cumberland County Playhouse and several production groups. The Palace Theatre in downtown Crossville hosts prominent musicians and theatrical productions in an art-deco atmosphere. Youth and adults are involved in creative physical activities at dance and tumbling studios. There are ballroom dance events, several square dance groups and a contra-dance group.
Explore CROSSVILLE & CUMBERLAND COUNTY!
4-H POW Camp/Camp Crossville
Crossville, Tennessee 38572 (Directions)
Opened in November 1942, one of the first prisoner of war camps during World War II, Camp Crossville housed over 1,500 German and Italian prisoners of war. Designated for officers, the camp held General Pietro Gazzeri, one of the Italian Army's highest ranking officers. Also housed here were German officers of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed Afrika Corps. Camp Crossville was located on the Cumberland Plateau, nine miles west of Crossville on the site of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp. It closed in December 1945. A Tennessee Historic Marker is located on POW Camp Road outside the Camp Crossville site that is currently an exclusive home to a University of Tennessee 4-H Club Camp.
Cumberland County Courthouses
Crossville, TN 38555 (Directions)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.
Cumberland County Playhouse
P.O. Box 830
Crossville, Tennessee 38557
For forty five years, the Cumberland County Playhouse has been legendary in regional theater circles around the nation. In 2003 the Playhouse was one of four theaters in the nation chosen to produce CATS for the first time in regional theater: In 2004, the Playhouse was the first theater licensed by Disney to produce the world regional theater premiere of DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. In 2007, the Playhouse had the Tennessee Premiere of FIRST BAPTIST OF IVY GAP and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. 2007 also brought the world premiere of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING which completed the Sanders family series. 2008 brought the Playhouse premieres of FLIGHT OF THE LAWN CHAIR MAN and CROWNS! 2009 does not look any different with first time productions in store.
Cumberland Mountain School
Cumberland Mountain School was founded in 1921 by Reverend Robert Hershey on behalf of young persons who were unable to obtain the opportunity for education. Many students paid for their education by helping cultivate, grow and harvest farm crops that were eaten at the school or sold. Six historic structures remain, including the Susie Gray Hall that served as the girl's dormitory and the original library. As public schools became more prevalent, the school closed in 1938. It was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1983. A historic marker is mounted on a large cut Crab Orchard stone along the Old Jamestown Highway. The buildings and grounds served for several years as a campground of the Tennessee Conference of the Untied Methodist Church and is currently a satellite office for the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.
DCI Stone Building & Gift Shop
Homesteads Tower- Museum & Crabtree House
Crossville, TN 38555 (Directions)
The tower was constructed in 1937-38 to house the government administrative offices of the Cumberland Homesteads, a New Deal subsistence homesteading program of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression. The building was opened as a museum in 1984 and now exhibits a collection of photos, documents and artifacts from the 1930's and 1940's when the community was developing. Visitors are invited to browse the gift shop or climb the 97 steps to the lookout platform to view the vista at the top.
Military Memorial Museum of Upper Cumberland
Crossville, TN 38555
931-456-5520 or 931-788-1690 or 931-510-7692
The Museum is located in the restored 2nd Cumberland County Courthouse. The Museum features displays and artifacts associated with Cumberland County's involvement in military conflicts beginning with the War Between the States. There are exhibits of general interest from all American fought wars, including the Iraq War. The museum was recently added to the Civil War Trails of Tennessee.
Crossville, Tennessee 38555
The Palace Theatre opened in November of 1938 and played an important part in the lives of many people and the community. The Palace closed in 1978, but reopened in 2001 fully restored and is now a multi-use community auditorium and visitors' center. Originally, the Palace was intended to be an entertainment center and they have stayed true to that historic vision, featuring live entertainment in variety of musical styles. They host concerts of Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Rock just to name a few.
Pleasant Hill, TN 38578 (Directions)
931-277-3872 or 931-277-3051
Pioneer Hall Museum is a museum of local history with exhibits representative of the lifestyle of early Pleasant Hill and surrounding Cumberland County, which includes a country store, country kitchen dormitory rooms, crafts and two large galleries. Many of the exhibits share with you memories of Pleasant Hill Academy which was established in 1884 and closed in 1947. Pioneer Hall was the first dormitory of the Academy and built in 1887. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The Crossville Depot
Crossville, TN 38555
Built in 1900, the Crossville Depot replaced a boxcar that was used temporarily until the building was complete. Medal of Honor winner Sergeant Alvin C. York departed and returned from the Crossville Depot during World War I, and later, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who was here to visit the Cumberland Homesteads "New Deal" project. The Depot was featured in a famous scene from the movie Sergeant York. The railroad stopped running and tracks were removed in Cumberland County in the early 1980s, and in 1996 the Depot was renovated as a community project by the Rotary Clubs of Cumberland County. Currently, the Depot is a gift and coffee shop, and meeting facility.