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Cumberland Homesteads Tower Association
A Non-Profit Organization and Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider
96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555 - Phone (931) 456-9663 - Email CHTA @ frontier.com

Copyright 2010 - Site Designed by Vicki S. Vaden

 

 

Homesteads Tower by Vicki Vaden



The Homesteads Tower

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.

Homesteads Tower during construction

The structure is a marvel of innovative design and execution. The octagonal stone tower houses a water tank and a winding stairway leading to a lookout platform at the top. Most of the original 252 farmsteads can be seen from this vantage point.

Visitors to Homestead Tower Museum












The building was opened as a museum in 1984. The four large rooms at the base of the tower are now used for museum displays and a gift shop. Exhibits include a collection of photos, documents and artifacts from the 1930’s and 1940’s when the community was developing.

Homesteads Tower Gift ShopThe interior is finished with wood paneling and hardwood floors, typical of all the original homes in the community. Visitors may climb the 97 steps to the lookout platform to view the vista at the top (except during thunderstorms).


Homesteads Tower in the fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homesteads Tower Museum
Located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN
at the junction of Highways 127S and 68.



Open Daily- March-Mid-December
Mon.-Sat. 10:00-5:00
Sunday 1:00-5:00
(Closed-Easter, Thanksgiving Day)

Admission $4.00 (includes Tower and House Museums)
Youth-$2.00
Children under 6 free
C.H.T.A. Members free

For questions call: 931-456-9663