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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.Church HistoriesJuly - August 2017 Newsletter (click on .pdf icon)A Matchless Treasure: The Story of the Museum and the Historical Association (video)Granite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
Church Histories and U. S. Military MemorabiliaThe museum will feature histories of local churches from Saturday, September 9th through Sunday, October 8th. There are special displays by First United Methodist Church of Granite Falls, Philadelphia Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Concord Baptist Church, Oak Grove Baptist Church, and Burgess Chapel. In addition, Eddie Sipes has put on display his private collection of area church photos, histories, newspaper clippings, etc. The museum will be open on Saturdays from noon until 4 pm and on Sundays from 2 until 4 pm, except holiday weekends (such as Labor Day and Thanksgiving). To schedule a private tour at other times, call the Town Office at (828) 396-3131. We have also started collecting items for an exhibit of U. S. Military memorabilia to begin Saturday, October 14, 2017. In addition, we want to interview WWII and Korean War veterans and record their memories on DVDs. If you are interested in participating in the exhibit or in the video project, please call Jeanne Whisnant at (828) 320-3725.
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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