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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.Museum News Letter (July - August 2019) - click on .pdf iconWinners of the 120th Anniversary Photo ContestMuseum Newsletter (May - June 2019) - click on .pdf iconA Virtual Hike to the FallsGranite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
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CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBIT Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which struck Granite Falls on Friday, September 22, 1989. Photos, video, sweatshirt, and newspapers will be on exhibit until mid November. SPECIAL EVENT COMING UPThe 3rd Annual Meeting of the Granite Falls Historical Association will be Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The event will begin with refreshments and registration. After a short business session, there will be a program about mapping Pinecrest Cemetery. For more information, call President Linda Crowder at 396-1066
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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