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Homesteads Tower Museum

96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555-2804
+1 931-456-9663
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Nice Surprise - Interesting History

Prior to our visit to the Homestead Tower and Museum I knew nothing about the Homestead Communities... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim K
A must visiy

If you are in the area this is a place you really need to stop. We had no idea of the historical... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ashley E
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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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96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555-2804
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Prior to our visit to the Homestead Tower and Museum I knew nothing about the Homestead Communities created as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression.It is a great, out of the way find. There was a nice view from the top of...More

Thank Jim K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the area this is a place you really need to stop. We had no idea of the historical significance of this place. The museum curator Steve was so nice. He answered all of our questions. The museum is small but it...More

Thank Ashley E
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Homesteads_Fan, Public Relations Manager at Homesteads Tower Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank You, Ashley! Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Took an hour to tour the main Bldg today, nice little museum, very friendly staff. View from top was a little less than expected, but still a good stop.

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Was hoping to find more about the depression era. Interesting but not that I would place on a bucket list to see. However, it is connected with the Homestead Tour which is worth the time and money. Some interesting exhibits about the depression era, short...More

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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

1  Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 31 December 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

Thank Harleysis
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Reviewed 11 October 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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Pauline C
27 March 2017|
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Thanks for your inquiry. Admission to the museum is $4.00.
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