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Homesteads Tower Museum

96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555-2804
+1 931-456-9663
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Homestead Tower Museum

Interesting museum with history of life in the 1930's depression era. The tour begins with a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim C
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Crossville, Tennessee
Go up the tower if you visit

We thought it was worth the $4 to learn about a period during the depression that we knew nothing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
judyAlabama
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This landmark structure was built in 1937-1938 to house the administrative offices of the Cumberland Homesteads, a project of FDR’s New Deal. It is located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN at the junction of Highways 127S and 68. The octagonal stone tower houses a 50,000 gallon water tank and a winding stairway that leads to a lookout platform at the top. Museum exhibits are displayed on the ground floor including photos, documents, and artifacts from the 1930’s and 1940’s.
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  • Average10%
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96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555-2804
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum with history of life in the 1930's depression era. The tour begins with a 11-minute film of the hard times suffered by people during the 1930's. You can view pictures and artifacts of the people and tools used during this period in American...More

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought it was worth the $4 to learn about a period during the depression that we knew nothing about. The museum explains how app. 250 families settled here under a government plan to establish a new community. We climbed the tower to look out...More

1  Thank judyAlabama
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

I was surprised that I did not know the history behind the homesteads and I found it extremely interesting - spent a few hours there reading and looking at the exhibits

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

A great visit to this museum. The people on staff there were very helpful in giving you good information about the history of the area and the facility. We have been to it several times and each time we learn something different. I would urge...More

Thank Tamale2
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Reviewed December 31, 2017

What an interesting place, with an interesting history lesson. I thought I knew a lot about FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Depression Era, but this place taught me even more. And coupled with Tennessee history, it was great. I would highly recommend it as...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

The museum contained artifacts, written, audio and video history lessons. And when you climb to the top of the lighthouse-type tower, the view is splendid. The price was only a couple of dollars. Well worth the cost.

1  Thank Janet B
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Looking for unusual place to stop while traveling across Tennessee. Visitor Center staff recommended this place. Interesting look at an aspect of life during the Depression. The exhibits were very interesting and the staff member was very knowledgeable. Climbed the tower and got a great...More

Thank Marianne L
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Reviewed June 24, 2017

The young lady at the desk Kelly was super nice and very informative! Beautiful scene from top of tower!

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

This is a tower you climb with a museum at the base of the tower . The museum was the best part of it .It was homesteaded in the depression .There was a lot of information about it.

Thank temple574
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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Unique and worth stopping by.. Small museum with lots of interesting local history.. But the star of this show is the tower ...96 steep, treacherous steps lead you to the top and viewing area ..very fun and cool for the whole family. Worth the stop....we...More

Thank John P
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Pauline C
March 27, 2017|
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Response from Homesteads_Fan | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. Admission to the museum is $4.00.
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