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As a CHTA Member, you will be able to visit both the Homesteads Tower Museum and the Homesteads House Museum all season at no charge when you present your CHTA Membership Card.


The Wagon in the Triangle

Thanks to Scarlett’s 24 Hour Towing for loading and transporting the wagon for us. It is going away for some much needed restoration.

CHTA Volunteer of the Year Award

We would like to congratulate Angela Witzel on being the 2020 Volunteer of the Year. Each year the Tower Association recognizes one individual who has made significant contributions to our mission and community. Angela has spent countless hours decorating our wagon and triangle for Fall and Christmas. To see some of her work visit her business, Dogwood Exchange LLC at 92 East First Street in Crossville. She offers classes and repurposes vintage and used furniture. Congratulations Angela!

Gearing up for Apple Festival

With the pandemic causing CHTA to cancel last year’s Apple Fest, we are in full swing to have a better festival than ever! Crafter’s applications are coming in the mail daily with many new and unique items to sell as well as demonstrate. If you would like to become a vendor at our festival, simply click on the Apple Festival tab on our website and download the application. You can mail it to the Tower with your payment before the deadline of August 30, 2021. Spots are going quick so the sooner the better.  Also look for the festival to have some new and exciting additions this year. More info to come.

New Tv’s at the Tower

If you haven’t been to the Tower lately, now is the time to visit. Thanks to the CARES grant we were able to purchase 2 flatscreen TV’s and stands. Now you can watch our documentary while you sit in the Story Room and then make your way to the Family Room to see several related videos and interviews about the Cumberland Homesteads and its early families.

Come to the Tower anytime throughout March and receive a “Raincheck” ticket to visit our House Museum on Pigeon Ridge Road when it opens in April.

Cumberland Homesteads receive Trash pickup Award

The Cumberland Homesteads Tower Association was recognized for their efforts in fighting litter. They were also this months spotlight for the Adopt-a-Highway Program. The volunteers of CHTA work tirelessly to keep the roadways and ditches clear of trash and debris. If you would like to help with this effort please contact the Tower Museum. Thanks to Brian Hall and Katie O’Rourke for heading this up.

2nd Generation Homesteaders

As we are expanding our video collection at the Museum, we are looking for 2nd Generation Homesteaders who would be willing to be interviewed about their time on the Homesteads. We would like to hear about everyday chores, and events on the Cumberland Homesteads, as well as church functions and time at the school. If you or a family member would like to help with this please call Kelly at the Tower Museum Tuesday – Friday.

Friends of the Cumberland Homesteads


The Tower Association is so blessed to have such dedicated members and friends. A letter was sent out last December noting our financial needs due to lack of the Apple Festival and the repair to the roof, etc. We were flooded with donations and offers to help from all over the country. A huge thank you to everyone who mailed in donations and volunteered to help with repairs.