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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: 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.Museum Newsletter for November - December 2018 (Click on the upper right .pdf icon.)GFHA Newsletter for November 2018 (Click on the lower right .pdf icon.)Coming Events at the MusuemA Virtual Hike to the FallsGranite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
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QUILT CONTESTThe History Committee is currently accepting quilts for our annual Quilt Show/Contest in March. Quilts with the name and contact information of the owner may be left at the museum during regular hours during February. Visitors to the museum between 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th may vote for their favorite quilts in two (2) categories (regular and lap size). The Committee will recognize the winners during a public reception to honor quilters on Sunday, March 31st from 2 until 4 p.m. Contact Barbara Ross at 396-1668 for more information.
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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