Thursday, July 7, 2022


The Noble & Cooley "Business Insider" video was posted on October 24, 2021. Since then the video has had over 1.1 million views. Do we hear 2 million??

One has to wonder what co-founders Silas Noble and James P. Cooley would have to say about their little company that began in a Granville farmhouse kitchen way back in 1854.

Nearly 170 years later- still here, making the world's best drums.

Scroll down this page for a link to the YouTube video.


On Wednesday, July 13th Dennis Picard and the Ne're Do Well band (Stan Svec, Stephen Svec and friends) will open the 2022 Living History program at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation.

Join us at 6:30PM for the band's narration and performance of "camp music" tunes that were heard around New England town commons from 1650 to 1885.

This is Living History at its best. Come join the fun at 42 Water Street, Granville, Massachusetts.



After being closed for 31 months due to the Covid pandemic, the NCCHP museum plans to re-open for tours on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, from noon to 3:00PM starting on July 10th!

Members and non-members are invited to come to the museum and enjoy the guided tours and fascinating exhibits. Tours are $5 for adults, $3 for children. If you have visited in the past you will notice some new exhibits and changes to the layout. As always, donations are most welcome.

As you also know, NCCHP made membership dues "optional" during the pandemic. To those who noticed and donated anyway, thank you so much for your generosity. The operating expenses didn't go away and your dues helped defray those expenses, which did draw down (but not deplete) the museum's balance sheet.

If you have been a member in the past and want to catch up on your membership, or want to become a new member, you can do so at this link:

And lastly, if you have been following NCCHP during the pandemic you will remember Wilson Rider's most generous donation of his Model T Ford to the museum. Now we need to create a proper display space for "Wilson's T" as well as the fire engine and the Noble & Cooley Model T. We hope to restore the old Granville fire station, which will allow display of Wilson's T, the fire engine, and the Noble & Cooley Model T. If we are to succeed in this task the first order of business will be new garage doors and obviously that will take money. Stay tuned, we will be looking for benefactors both large and small

Hope to see you at the museum this summer! If you can't be there for a tour, please check for upcoming Living History events at the museum.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022


The Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation (NCCHP) will hold its first Board Meeting of 2022 from 10:30AM to noon on June 15, 2022 at the museum (42 Water Street, Granville, MA.). 

Up for discussion are ideas for this summer's Living History presentations, Harvest Fair planning, thoughts on attracting members and volunteers, among other topics.

The meeting is open to NCCHP members and interested parties. 

Please note that if there is a significant turnout Covid protocol may be required (masks).


Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777 by the Continental Congress. 

Please fly your flag to commemorate this momentous day in history!

Embossed flag on an old Noble & Cooley metal drum shell.

Flag on an old Noble & Cooley metal drum shell.

Old Glory at the Noble & Cooley drum shop
(copyright Paul Jensen, used with permission)

Flag at the West Granville Congregational Church green

Sunday, January 30, 2022


Four years ago the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation (NCCHP) partnered with the Mabel Root Henry Historical Museum (aka, the Historical Room at the Granville Library) to create a web site featuring photos, maps and other historic documents from Granville's past.

Today the collection includes over 3000 scanned images and there are many more to go. These images are from the NCCHP and Historical Room collections, as well as hundreds of photos that were loaned and scanned  from the personal collections of current and past Granville residents. The project preserves Granville's fascinating history and makes it available to anybody, anywhere, with internet access.

Along with photos and documents the collection includes amazing life stories and oral histories. 

We hope you will visit the Granville History web site at

When visiting the web site please be sure to make use of the search function. This will make it much simpler to find items. Or you can simply browse through the photos.

In addition to the web site we have created a Facebook page, which is at this link: Every Friday for the last 3+ years we have posted a special "Friday Flashback" photo. The "crowdsource" responses to the photos provide fascinating stories about the people and places in Granville's history. 

Please visit the web site and enjoy the collection. If you have photos you are willing to loan for inclusion please email We are particularly short on photos of people, events and places from the 1950's to the present.

Want to get started? Let's begin with a couple of remarkable life stories that make good winter reading:

And the story of an amazing Granville house that was the home of not one, but six Revolutionary War patriots:

Noble & Cooley, 42 Water Street, Granville, MA. (Paul Jensen photo, copyright 2001)

Monday, November 29, 2021


"Business Insider" recently visited Noble & Cooley to learn about the company's business and history. They created a fascinating video which as of today has been viewed over 750,000 times on YouTube. 

You can view the video at this link: CLICK HERE or via the window provided below. You can expand the window to full screen by clicking on the square brackets in the lower right corner after hitting the play arrow.

Please watch this great video and let's get the views over 1 million!