Monday, August 19, 2019

DON'T FORGET! “Abigail Adams” Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 PM , at NCCHP!

“Abigail Adams” Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 PM 

Sheryl Faye appears in costume and persona as the first Second Lady and the second First Lady of the Unites States. She engagingly presents Abigail Adams and many details of her life from childhood to her marriage to 2nd President John Adams in her performance. 

Sheryl Faye as Abigail Adams
Come be captivated by Abigail Adams life and work, as Ms Faye brings us back in time and has everyone thinking about her plea of "Remember the ladies". Prepare to be amazed! 

This NCCHP living history event is free to museum members and free-will donations from others of $10 to help offset appearance fees are appreciated. 

Light refreshments will be served after the program. 

Our monthly programs are made possible in part by grants from the Granville Cultural Council and donations from members and friends of the museum. 

Thanks in advance for your support to keep history alive! 

Visit for more information or call 413-357-6321. 42 Water St. Granville, MA 01034

Saturday, August 17, 2019


The Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation (NCCHP) was featured in a book published recently, as a "Massachusetts Treasure."

The book's author, Chuck D'Imperio selected several "marvelous, must see museums" for their uniqueness and interesting collections. 

Google Books described the book as follows:

"Well-known for its world-renowned art museums -- from the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston -- Massachusetts is also home to numerous institutions with more eclectic collections and, oftentimes, lower profiles. 

In Massachusetts Treasures, Chuck D'Imperio explores more than forty museums scattered throughout the Bay State, from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. Many -- but not all -- might be considered 'offbeat' and each and every one is enchanting. Through personal visits and interviews with founders and directors, D'Imperio offers an inside glimpse into some of the Commonwealth's most unique museums, providing a valuable guide for good road warriors and history buffs discovering Massachusetts either for the first or tenth time."

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

REMINDER: "Running Away To Join The Circus" TODAY at NCCHP, 6:30 PM


Today (July 17, 2019) at 6:30 PM the NCCHP museum presents local author M. P. Barker sharing her "Running Away To Join The Circus" program. 

Living history programs are free for museum members, donations gratefully accepted from others. Circus theme light refreshments will be served after the program. Come join the fun! 

For more info CLICK HERE.

Monday, June 17, 2019


Dennis Picard will be at NCCHP on Wednesday, June 19 to present "A Lamplighter's Life." 

Daniel Murphy lighting a street lamp in Granville. Date and address unknown.
From candles to whale oil to gas - illuminating the streets was a time consuming chore before electricity. Come hear Dennis talk about the people who trimmed the wicks and filled the fonts in villages and towns to aid travelers in the darkest times of the year... and how technology changed it all!

Catch this sure-to-be fascinating event at NCCHP, 42 Water Street, Granville, MA. The presentation starts at 6:30 PM.

NCCHP Living History programs are free for NCCHP members and donations from others are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 13, 2019


NCCHP has put together an outstanding series of Living History events for the summer of 2019! 

Here's a quick rundown of what's in store:

Wednesday, June 19th - Dennis Picard. historian, presents "A Lamplighter's Life"

Wednesday, July 17th - M.P. Barker, author, presents "Running Away To Join The Circus"

Wednesday, August 21st - Sheryl Faye, reenactor, as "Abigail Adams"

Wednesday, September 18th - Campbell Harmon, reenactor, as "Edgar Allen Poe"

All Living History presentations are held at the Noble & Cooley Center for Histotic Preservation, 42 Water Street, Granville, Massachusetts

For full details go to:

Sunday, May 12, 2019


The Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation, located at 42 Water Street, Granville, Massachusetts, will open for the 2019 season on Sunday, May 19th, and will then be open the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month for June thru October. Museum hours are from noon to 3 PM.

The museum is also available to groups at other times by appointment.

For more information about NCCHP please visit 

Saturday, May 11, 2019


NCCHP has an antique grader on long term loan from a museum member. This ingenious piece of equipment was used in the late 19th and early 20th century to grade roads, before roads were paved. It was typically pulled by horses and had large adjusting wheels connected to gears and levers that would raise, lower or tilt the blade as needed to make the road smooth and create a crown to facilitate water runoff.

This latest addition to the museum's collection of equipment got its first trial run today (May 11, 2019) after repairs to various parts that had deteriorated over the 100+ life of the grader. 

Stay tuned for more and better videos of the grader in the future.