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“Homestead Tower Museum”

Homesteads Tower Museum
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Crossville
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
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 history. You will certainly understand life of the people struggling to make a living during the 1930's. Then, you can climb the 97 step tower and experience the beautiful 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside through the windows. The museum is small and along with the tower will take less than an hour. The cost is reasonable at just $4.00.

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 over the area. I would bet that few people know about this piece of Americana, and it was worth about an hour to learn about it.

2  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 anyone to take a look.

1  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 a stop to learn more of the area and the Homestead Act.

1  Thank Harleysis
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