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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.November 2017 Newsletter (click on pdf icon)New Logo for the AssociationA Virtual Hike to the FallsSCHS Band at Festial on MainMilitary ExhibitSeptember - October 2017 Newsletter (click on pdf icon)Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Historical AssociationGranite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
The museum will have limited hours during the month of December due to Christmas and the New Year. We will be open at the following times (unless an emergency keeps a volunteer from being there).You may want to call first to make sure we're open. The phone number is (828) 396-2792.Sunday, December 3rd: 2 - 4 p.m.Saturday, December 9th: noon - 4 p.m.Sunday, December 10th: 2 - 4 p.m.Saturday, December 16th: noon - 4 p.m.Sunday, December 17th: 2 - 4 p. m.We are closed December 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st. We will consider requests for private tours during the week. Please call the Town Office to make arrangements. Despite our limited hours, we are decorating the Baird House for Christmas for those persons who can come when we are open. We have exciting plans for 2018. Click here for upcoming exhibits.Merry Christmas from the Baird House
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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