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Welcome to the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum. Once slated for destruction by its previous owner, the building is the second oldest home in Caldwell County. It dates back to the 1790's when Andrew Baird built it for his family next to the successful iron works he established at the granite falls on Gunpowder Creek. After the forge closed, the village he had built for his workers continued to grow. Known by different names over the years - Baird's Forge, Catawba View, Lovelady, Granite - the village became the Town of Granite Falls on May 3, 1899. Many different families called the historic building home over the years. As time took its toll, maintenance became expensive. The last owner sought permission from the Fire Department for the building to be burned. Recognizing the historic value of the home, the Town of Granite Falls purchased it in 2001 with the vision of turning it into a museum. The vision became reality with the help of a $335,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on January 18, 2007. This website will give you an overview of what we have to offer. We invite you to visit with us in person. Our hours are posted below.
Museum HoursSaturdays: 12 noon - 4 pmSundays: 2 pm - 4 pmSpecial tours by request. Call the town office at (828) 396-3131 for more information.
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LOOK WHAT'S NEW!Put curser over underlined items to go directly to the correct page.January - February 2017 Newsletter (click on .pdf icon)Tribute to the GFHS Class of 1956December 2016 Newsletter (click on .pdf icon)Granite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration2016 Granite Falls Christmas Parade2016 Sawmills Veterans Memorial Dedications2016 Granite Falls Woman of the Year2016 Festival on the Square - Tree Lighting 2016 Granite Falls Veterans Ceremony
MUSEUM STATUS - WE ARE OPENImprovements The Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum has been open during normal hours since Saturday, January 28th. In addition to new exhibits, visitors may see copies of The Granite Falls Press. If you haven't see them yet, you have two more opportunities to do so - Saturday, February 25th and Sunday February 26th. Quilts are coming in March. We are accepting quilts for our annual exhibit through Sunday, February 26th. This year we will present a People's Choice Award based upon votes received by visitors. Come by, look at the beautiful quilts, and vote for your favorite one. We will present the award on Sunday, April 2nd during a reception for quilt owners. Coming up we have the following exhibits: Bank of Granite (May), churches (September), and military (November).
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Granite Falls History and Transporation Museum
Located in the Historic Home of Andrew Baird
107 Falls AvenueGranite Falls, North Carolina 28630phone (828) 396-2792