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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.Newsletter for November 2018 (click on .pdf to the right)Coming Events at the MusuemA Virtual Hike to the FallsGranite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
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Art ContestThe Granite Falls History Committe is sponsoring an art contest for students at Granite Falls Elementary School and Granite Falls Middle School using the theme "The Twelve Days of Christmas." An outside impartial judge will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners at each school. Visitors to the museum between 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd and 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 6th will select one over all "People's Choice" Award. There will be a reception to honor all participants on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Committee members will serve refreshments suitable for a Twelfth Night Celebration between 2 and 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Awards will be announced at 3:15 p.m.
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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