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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.Winners of the 120th Anniversary Photo ContestMuseum Newsletter (May - June 2019) - click on .pdf iconMuseum Newsletter (March - April 2019) - click on .pdf iconA Virtual Hike to the FallsGranite Falls Historical Association Membership Registration
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Current - Photos from the contest will remain on exhibit through July.Coming up - The Granite Falls Historical Association will sponsor a program called "Workers' Legacy" at the museum on Saturday, August 3, 2019 between 2 and 4 p.m. The Association wants to capture memories of life in textile plants. Persons who worked at Shuford Mills, Falls Manufacturing, Paradise Mill, Burlington Industries, Valdese Weavers, etc. are invited to participate. We also want to hear from persons who can recall stories that older workers told them about working years ago. If you have memories of working in a yarn or weave mill, call Linda Crowder at 396-1066 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Sunday, August 11, 2019 between 2 and 4 p.m., there will be a reception for people who work at the museum in celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Day. The public is invited to come by, see our exhibits, and enjoy refreshments.We are currently seeking volunteers who would like to work at the museum. Please let us know if you are interested.
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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