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!

Thursday, November 25, 2021


On November 15, 2021 NCCHP was the recipient of a generous donation from Mr. Wilson Rider of Granville, MA. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rider owned this Model T Ford for many years and enjoyed it on tours with the area Model T club as well as on "Sunday drives" around Granville. Their longest journey was a round-trip to Orange, MA.

Mr. Rider commented that he is pleased the Model T will be staying in Granville and he looks forward to seeing it in local parades in the future.

Thank you, Wilson Rider! NCCHP is most grateful for this kind donation. 

The Model T is shown here with Mr. Rider and Matt Jones, President of NCCHP.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Joyce (Hiers) Jones, Noble & Cooley Matriarch, 1930-2020

We are deeply saddened to note the passing of Joyce Jones of Granville, Massachusetts on November 26, 2020. 

Joyce was a direct descendant of James Cooley, co-founder of Noble & Cooley where she worked for many years. In her later years Joyce never missed an opportunity to greet visitors to the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation's summer Living History events at the museum. 

Joyce's obituary can be viewed at this link:

Donations in Joyce's memory may be made to the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation, 42 Water St., Granville, MA. or at this link:  

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Noble & Cooley History Featured in Journal of Antiques and Collectibles Article

The latest issue of the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles has an excellent article written by Judy Gonyeau with Jay Jones, sixth-generation owner of Noble & Cooley. The article covers the military history of drums as well as the history of N&C through the present day. It is a fascinating article, well-illustrated with historic images, many from NCCHP's archives collection.

You can read the full article at the Granville History web site (sponsored by NCCHP) by clicking THIS LINK.

Image from article "Noble & Cooley- Marching to the Sound of Their Drums"
Copyright 2020, Journal of Antiques and Collectibles

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


The 2020 Granville Harvest Fair has been cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

We look forward to once again being part of this wonderful event in 2021!

In the meantime stay safe, stay home, and take all recommended precautions. That's the best way to protect family, friends and strangers, and the fastest way to put the pandemic in the rear view mirror of history.


The NCCHP online store is now offering "America Strong" shirts! These quality t-shirts were donated to NCCHP by a friend of the museum and are available in women's and men's sizes, in a variety of attractive colors. Proceeds benefit NCCHP, with a portion going to Homeward Vets, a Massachusetts-based non-profit dedicated to helping local veterans.

You can order your America Strong shirt by going to the NCCHP store. CLICK HERE


Although the museum is not currently open we have begun to follow the directives set out in Governor Baker's Massachusetts Reopening Plan. Museums are slated to begin opening to the public in Phase Three. The openings will be dependent on the museum formulating a Covid-19 control plan, following reduced admission criteria, employing social distancing, following hygiene protocols and more.

At NCCHP we have started filling out the plan templates and having discussions around what being "Open" will look like to museum visitors in the future. We are looking forward to the day that we can safely welcome our NCCHP friends, members and volunteers to take a step back in time again for the tours and Living History events at the museum. 

In the meantime we are continuing to work on new exhibit space, catalog the Noble & Cooley archives, and make other improvements. NCCHP is also working with the Granville Library Historical Room to continue building the Granville History online site which now has over 2000 images relating to Granville history. You can visit that site and relieve some pandemic boredom by CLICKING HERE.

We hope that you all stay safe and healthy in these challenging times. And remember, there is no better cure for pandemic boredom than finding projects that will exercise your Yankee ingenuity!