June 2, 2012 First Annual Back to the Roots Music Event
See the flyer

July 13th and 14th 2012 Second Annual Big Tent Revival
See the 2012 flyer

September 15, 2012 Fourth Annual Cultural Folklife Festival
Learn more about past events

"We Shall Not Be Moved"
The Matt Gardner Homestead Museum in partnership with Martin Methodist College will bring the Tennessee State Museum Exhibit: “We Shall Not Be Moved” to the Martin College Gault Fine Arts Center 423 Madison Street , Pulaski, TN 38478 October 27, 2011 – November 5, 2011 Admission is Free

We Shall Not Be Moved:
The 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-ins
A Traveling Exhibition from the Tennessee State Museum (February 2011 - May 2014)

Grand Opening: September 18, 2010
On Saturday, September 18, 2010, with a 10:00 am ribbon cutting, the doors of the Matt Gardner Homestead Museum were open for the first time to the public on a regular basis. It was a joyous occasion and a fun filled day for family, friends and the community.

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Book Now Available
book coverAfrican Americans of Giles County Tennessee by Arcadia Publishing
Authors: Carla Jones and Tonya Hull
Foreword is by Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Van West also serves as editor-in-chief of The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture and director of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. His many published works include the edited anthology, Trial and Triumph: Readings in Tennessee’s African-American Past (University of Tennessee Press, 2002).
Autograph copies can be purchased at the museum
Additional copies may be purchased at Reeves Drug Store and Wal-mart in Pulaski or online at Arcadia Publishing (

The Gardner Museum Quilt Collection
Pine Burr Quilt Pattern has a three dimensional look. This quilt pattern is unique to African Americans, Alabama and the woman slaves of Gee’s Bend plantation of Alabama.


The collection starts with the late 1880’s and early 1900 hand stitch quilts of Matt’s wife and woman behind the man. Henrietta (Ritta) Jenkins Gardner. Come see the quilts and the story behind the woman who made them.
On the farmstead in April 17, 2009, the MGHM unveiled the first quilt block on the Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trail. The quilt block is one of many barns, houses and other historic buildings that are on the trail as sightseeing venues to introduce the public to the many virtues in southern middle Tennessee and to encourage tourism growth and community pride. For more information on the Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trail visit

2009 Scheduled Restoration Before Pictures
restoration before
back of house- before
Please check back after spring to see transformation pictures

Restoration work continues at the museum on stabilizing and making safe the foundation and flooring as we move closer to an opening date. This part of the restoration process will be done in three phases. Phase one will be the dinning and kitchen area, phase two the back porch/breeze way and the last phase will be securing the foundation and flooring of the main house.
If you would like to help in our restoration process you can by donating online. All donations are tax deductible.

Thank You To Our Volunteer Workers Dennis Stanford and James Sanders

2007 Restoration:
Rebuilt Front Porch Foundation and Deck

2008 Restoration:
Demo Chimney and Weather Proof
Secured Well and Repaired Lattice for Safety

2009-2010 Restoration:
Kitchen and Dining Room Foundation and Flooring
Rebuild Back Porch Foundation and Deck

2011 Restoration:
MTSU Interior Restoration and Preservation
Kitchen and Dining Room Exterior Wall Restoration and Repair

2012 Restoration:
Main House Foundation