Sunday, October 29, 2017

NEW Granville Historic Images Web Site

The Granville Public Library Historical Room and NCCHP have pooled resources to begin digitizing their many images relating to Granville's history, and making them available to family researchers and historians everywhere.

Above: A Determined Young Girl (Unknown), about 1874,
from the Granville Public Library Historical Room, Barlow Album
This is a project with several opportunities and goals:

1. To help families explore their Granville roots and learn more about the amazing people who made up the Granville community.

2. To encourage and support the preservation of Granville's many historic homes and other buildings.

3. To invite everyone to join the effort by contributing additional photos and documents (in either tangible or digital form).

4. To "crowd source" information about the many mystery photos in the collection, and restore the stories that belong with these people and places. So brush up on your Granville history and contribute any information you can. It will be greatly appreciated by somebody.

This is a truly exciting project that we hope everyone will participate in, so please visit the web site and become a "Granville History Detective." Maybe you'll meet an ancestor face to face for the first time, or see what your house looked like 125 years ago, who knows. There's a discovery around every corner when you travel through time!

To visit the new site CLICK HERE. Please keep in mind that the site is under construction, with new images and content being added on a continual basis. Thanks!

If you have new information or images to add, comments, corrections, etc., please contact

Above: "Ripley Home" from the Granville Public Library Historical Room Collection

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Handed Down In Song"
Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM
Join Walt Woodward and BOSH (The Band of Steady Habits) for an entertaining evening of stories and New England folk songs at the NCCHP museum at 42 Water St. in Granville.
The program features folk songs from the Helen Hartness Flanders collection now residing at Middlebury College in VT.
In the continuing tradition of New England folk music gatherings, audience participation is strongly encouraged!
Bring your family and friends to enjoy our final living history program of the 2017 season.  We saved the best for last!
The Living History programs have been made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Granville Cultural Council and by donations from members and friends of the museum.  Thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to bringing you another round of interesting programs in 2018.  Please be sure to contact us if you have suggestions or ideas for programs and/or speakers.
This NCCHP living history event is free for museum members and donations from others are appreciated.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.


Saturday, September 30, 2017


For all who have been meaning to visit the museum in 2017 (and there are MANY of you out there), here are the final dates before the museum closes for the season. Once closed, the museum will only be open for group tours by appointment, until it reopens in May 2018.

Harvest Fair, October 7-9:
The museum will be open for tours during Fair hours. Some of the museum's  antique engines will also be demonstrated at various times during the Fair.
For more information the Granville Harvest Fair please CLICK HERE.

Sunday, October 22:
From noon to 3:00 PM.

See you then!

Friday, September 29, 2017


Granville resident Elizabeth Jones had her photo of an eagle perched near Cooley Pond published on the Smithsonian's photo page. Here 'tis:

"Liberty" (copyright Elizabeth Jones, Granville, MA)
And to see it on the Smithsonian page CLICK HERE! Nice shot Liz!  Beautiful!

Update: Here is Liz's latest shot:
Granville Eagles (copyright Elizabeth Jones, Granville, MA.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


The 36th annual Granville Harvest Fair will take place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 7-9, 2017 so mark your calendars now! 

The Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation is one of the fair's major venues so you get all the treats of a classic New England harvest fair PLUS time at the historic Noble & Cooley location at 42 Water Street in Granville. Not to mention the great fall foliage which should be at or close to its wonderful Berkshire foothills peak. Plan a meandering route to or from the fair to enjoy the scenery.


Thanks to the generosity of the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives NCCHP has been able to obtain a high resolution photo of a quilt made by Granville-born Esther Elizabeth (Rose) Cooley to commemorate the Centennial celebration of the founding of the United States. We will exhibit a large format photo of the quilt alongside the quilt currently in the NCCHP collection. The Cooley quilt is currently in the National Quilt Collection and was last exhibited during the 1976 Bicentennial.
Esther Elizabeth (Rose) Cooley Centennial Quilt
(National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives)
For more information about this wonderful Western Massachusetts quilt please CLICK HERE.


There will be a progress report on the Archives Project beginning at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the museum, 42 Water Street, Granville, MA. NCCHP members are cordially invited to attend. If you are not a member but interested in becoming one we  would be most happy to see you too!

Donegan & Swift Upright Engine; engine on display at NCCHP (NCCHP Archives digital image)
The archives update will immediately follow the annual business meeting (6:00 to 6:30).