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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 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. Our hours are posted below.
Museum HoursSaturdays: 2 p.m. - 4.pm (except holiday weekends)Sundays: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (except holiday weekends)Special 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.New Brochure (click on .pdf icon) Historical Association Newsletter - "Tablet II" for March 2020 (click on .pdf icon)Museum Newsletter - "The Granite Tablet" for January - February 2020 (click on ,pdf icon)Historical Association Newsletter - "Tablet II" for January 2020 (click on .pdf icon)A Virtual Hike to the FallsGranite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTTo reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum will remain closed until further notice. Please check out our Facebook page (Granite Falls HIstory and Transportation Museum) for photos of the quilts that have been on display during March. New photos are being posted daily through March. The Granite Falls History Committee is planning to have an exhibit of vintage wedding gowns and photos (50 years and older) during June. We will begin collecting items to display in May, provided meeting restrictions have been lifted.The COVID-19 is already historical. Please make note of your thoughts, experiences, and impressions as you listen to the news and deal with the restrictions caused by the virus. These are historical times, and we need to preserve these memories for the future by including them in the update to the town's history book, Etched in Granite. If you wish to participate, please contact the Granite Falls Historical Association by email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum
Located in the Historic Home of Andrew Baird
107 Falls AvenueGranite Falls, North Carolina 28630phone (828) 396-2792