Pulaski-Giles County Culture Provides Enrichment for Everyone
Pulaski-Giles County is rich with Civil War history and has an assortment of other culturally significant things to see and do. Whether you simply love to learn or indulge in the arts, Pulaski-Giles County provides art and culture around every corner.
Home to History
Hallehurst is the only neo-classical style house in Giles County, and was built in 1889 by the county's first millionaire Senator Newton H. White. It has been architecturally restored and is on the National Register of Historical Places. The Brown-Daly-Horne House is a Queen Ann style house built in 1855 and was purchased by Governor John C. Brown in 1869.
Pulaski-Giles County not only has dozens of entries on the National Register of Historic Places but also numerous districts. The Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District reflects Victorian-style architecture. The square dates back to 1811 and the courthouse from 1909. One of the oldest towns in the area, Lynnville Historic District includes the city of Lynnville, and is named for Lynn Creek because linden “lynn” trees grow along the banks. Sam Davis Avenue Historic District honors world-renowned Confederate soldier Sam Davis, who was condemned and executed for spying. The South Pulaski Historic District, also known as the West Pulaski Historic District, includes three streets that are laid out on the original town plat.
The Trail of Tears, a vital part of American Indian history, also is present here. Two land routes pass through Giles County and intersect in Pulaski – the Bell and Benge trails. The Bell trail ran from east of Chattanooga, Tennessee to just west of the Arkansas state line, and the Benge trail ran from north Alabama to Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Dance and Vocal Performances
Although Pulaski-Giles County exults numerous historical places, the culture doesn't end there. There is a theater to visit, classes to take and even an event where you can sing your heart out.
The Southern Tennessee Area Arts Repertory (STAAR) hosts musicals and performance art. Located in the 1868 opera house building, the theater focuses on educating and enriching the lives of the local community while also preserving history. STAAR offers 30 live performances and events throughout the year.
The Pulaski Performing Arts Center strives to provide safe and effective classes teaching students to love the art of music and dance. The center offers dance classes in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz, as well as voice lessons, vocal performance and Music with Mommie, an interactive class for small children and their moms. Students participate in local events such as Relay for Life, recitals, festivals and more.
The annual Diana Singing Extravaganza is held the second Friday and Saturday in June and September. Since 1969, participants have been enjoying a cappella music in the Diana community. Each show starts at 7:30 p.m. and continues late into the night with campgrounds, a museum and gift shop on site.