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 1790s 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, Summerville, Lovelady, Granite - the village became the Town of Granite Falls on May 1, 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. There is no charge, but a donation box is available for those who wish to help the town defray expenses. Our regular hours are from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Persons may call the town office at (828) 396-3131 to arrange a private tour at other times.
Click on each image below to learn more about the history of Granite Falls. Forged with Iron Homespun From Trails to Highways From Lovelady to Granite Falls
New at the MuseumThe museum has been closed since March 15, 2020 due to Executive Orders issued by Governor Roy Cooper designed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. After he issued Executive Order 163 allowing museums to reopen at 50%, the Granite Falls History Committee began making plans to reopen. We will announce our reopening schedule as soon as we finalize the safety protocols and volunteer assignments. In the meantime, please check out the website, follow us on Facebook (Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum), look at our brochure (click on PDF icon), and read our newsletters (click on the PDF icons or click on the Publications tab to see newsletters dating back to January 2019.). Tablet II for September 2020 The Granite Tablet for July - August 20202020 Brochure Tablet II for July 2020