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 Museum
We are happy to announce we have a new website for the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum. Our old site was
dependent upon Adobe Flash Player, which has become obsolete, and we rebuilt it using a different web designing software. A
new feature - “pop up” photos - has replaced subpages. Just put your curser over the photo and click to enlarge.
The 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. As soon as he allows us to reopen, we will announce our plans here, on Facebook, and in a news
release. 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).
Tablet II for July 2020
The Granite Tablet for May - June 2020 (museum newsletter)
Tablet II for May 2020 (Historical Association Newsletter)