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. 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.

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. The 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). Located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN at the junction of Highways 127S and 68.

Open Daily Monday – Saturday 10:00-5:00 (Closed-Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day)

Admission Adults -$6.00 Children 6-12 – $1.00 Children under 6 free C.H.T.A. Members free

Homestead Tower

96 Highway 68 Crossville, TN 38555
(931) 456-9663