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Grissom Family Reunion 2003

A Whole Week of Fun!

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The outside view of First Southern Baptist Church
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The Fellowship Hall

12 Noon
Catered Dinner
$12.50 per person

The First Southern Baptist Church
323 S Main St, (Highway 127 North)
Pikeville, TN 37367
(423) 447-2849

It is not too early to start planning for the Grissom Family Reunion in July 2003. The catered Saturday July 26 luncheon will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church in Pikeville, TN (map). Many of us will be spending the week afterwards wandering around Tennessee, seeing the sights and acting like tourists.

Our base of operation will be Fall Creek Falls State Park Resort, where many of us will be staying. The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 18 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30. There are several inviting bed and breakfast inns in the area which offer lodging as well.

Click the map for directions to Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Schedule of Events

Friday July 25

  • 6:00 PM CST - Early arrivals meet for dinner/supper at the dining room of Fall Creek Falls

Saturday July 26

  • 12:00 noon - Reunion Dinner and Gathering (see info above)

Sunday July 27

  • 10:45 AM - Church at Cornerstone Baptist, 49 Golf Club Road, McMinnville. The church is just off US 70S on the west outskirts of town.
  • 1:00 PM - Reunion After The Reunion at Marvin and Brenda's in McMinnville, featuring a co-ed Bridal Shower for Karen & Paul. Donation $5.00 per person.

Monday July 28

  • Daytime - On Your Own! After a full weekend, this will be a day to do you own thing. Enjoy the lovely facilities at Fall Creek Falls. Go walking, golfing, hiking, fishing, explore the beautiful falls, rent a paddleboat…relax.
  • 6:00 PM - Pizza Dinner: Genesis Pizza, 207 N. Main St. Pikeville

Tuesday July 29

  • Morning - Crossville Day - Website. Choose your own activity in this cute, touristy town. Listed below are a few offerings. Theatre goers may browse all morning long. Crossville has lots of antique shops, an outlet mall, gift and food shops…oodles of things to do. Have a great day in Crossville, but be sure to meet us back at The Mad Platter Tea Room for lunch at 12 noon.
    ® = personally visited and recommended by Ed and Corrine
    • ® Crossville Depot Gift ShopWebsite
      14 North Main Street – corner of North Street
      1926 renovated train depot is an historical landmark, as it was the site of Alvin C. York's return after WWI. Includes local train memorabilia. Gourmet teas, coffee, candy, and zillions of gift items and souvenirs.
    • Pirates Plateau Amusement Park
      3818 Peavine Road
      Crossville, TN 38555
      Family fun for all ages. Offers game room, snacks, adventure golf, go-karts and bumper boats.
    • ® Simonton Cheese Shop - Website
      2010 North Main Street
      Featuring many kinds of cheese including Tennessee Cheddar, nuts, snacks, sugar-free items, barbeque sauce, jellies, mustards, gourmet food of all types. Taste testing.
    • ® Stonehaus Winery - Website
      2444 Genesis Road, #103
      Crossville, TN 38558
      Taste fine wine and stroll through the gift shop to sample home made fudge. Visit the cheese pantry.
    • ® Cumberland General Store - Website
      1 Highway 68 four miles south of Crossville
      Crossville, TN 38555 931-484-8481
      Old-time general merchandise store. Goods in endless variety-winemaking, quilting, water pumps, butchering supplies, how-to books and more. Fun place to visit
    • ® Grandma's Attic Antiques -
      South of Crossville on Highway #68
      371 Hwy 68
      After shopping at the general store, head over to Grandma's for some antique hunting.
    • Homesteads Tower Museum - Website
      96 Hwy. 68, Crossville 931-9663
      Show place of Roosevelt's New Deal in 1938. Tower and building open daily. Original 1930's house also open daily.
  • 12 Noon - ® Lunch @ Mad Platter Tea Room and Sandwich Shop in Downtown Crossville, 69 South Main Street, (931) 456-0055. Choose from Mandarin Chicken or Club Sandwich.
  • 2:30 PM - "CATS" a Broadway production at the Cumberland Community Theatre in Crossville - Website. Those attending the production should be at the Playhouse by 2:10. For ticketholders only.

Uncle Lester Grissom's HomeWednesday July 30

  • 9:30 AM Departure (Meet @ FCF Park Entrance) - Heritage Tour: Jim Rigsby will take us to see the Richard Russell House, John Hillis Homestead, Clark Davenport Home, Oak Grove Cemetery, Long Cemetery, and the towns of Spencer, Bone Cave and Rock Island where Richard and Ozella were born and raised. How interesting it will be to walk where they walked.
  • Lunch - TBA
  • Kim Rigsby has invited us back to their house after the tour for refreshments and to see all their animals (a llama, goats, chickens, sheep, donkey, etc.).

Thursday July 31

  • Chattanooga Day, There are so many things to see in Chattanooga, you may want to come back another day. Some of the other amazing Chattanooga attractions are outlined on
  • Southern Belle Riverboat Lunch Cruise - Website
    Go to "Schedule," pick "July 31" and make your reservations online.
    Choose: 1 ½ Hour Sight Seeing Cruise July 31 12 noon Adults $12.00 Children $5.25
    Or 1 ½ Hour Lunch Cruise July 31 12 noon Adults $17.19 Children $8.04
    201 Riverfront Pkwy
    Chattanooga, TN
    Toll Free: 800-766-2784
    Choose to just sightsee along the way or enjoy lunch onboard. The Southern Belle is climate controlled so you can be comfortable inside or go out on deck to catch some sun.

Love, Corrine


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