Granville, Massachusetts is a town of 1,500 people, located in southern Hampden County. It has an area of 43 square miles and is bordered by Blandford, Russell, Westfield, Southwick, and Tolland Massachusetts as well as Granby and Hartland, Connecticut.
Known for its beautiful scenery -- from the Macintosh apple blossoms in the spring to the stunning fall foliage, with mountain streams, wild blueberries, and other produce including locally farmed cheese -- the area has much to offer in every season.
The town has three separate historic districts: the Town Center, Village, and West Village. The historic center retains the distinction of the political center of town, while the Village is and has always been the industrial and commercial center, with historic mills and modern businesses. West Granville Village is home to civic buildings and a school.
While our community was first settled in 1736, it was not incorporated as a town until 1754. Around this time, settlers were entitled to 100 acres of land in return for planting 4 acres of hay and building a house on the land. This led many to settle here, reaching to a peak population of 2,100 in 1810. It was one of the most populous towns in the region. However, many residents then resettled in the west, some forming a town of the same name in Ohio.
Our town contains a number of historic homes and buildings, with three areas designated as historic districts. Throughout the town you can find examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Georgian architecture.
One of the oldest businesses in the town is the Noble & Cooley Drum Factory. It began in 1854, with the manufacture of snare drums for the Union Army. The company is especially noted for its snare drums even today. They also manufactured toy drums for most of the 20th century.
Each year, on Columbus Day weekend, our town hosts an annual Harvest Fair. This event draws visitors from all over Massachusetts and other parts of New England. Traditionally stretching 1.4 miles along Route 54, vendors of food, handmade goods, craft items, and more line the streets. As of 2012, the town shortened this route to 0.7 miles, making the fair more easily walkable. The fair takes place both indoors and outdoors, including in many of the historic buildings in the village.
Held each year on Columbus Day weekend, the fair is considered the height of the fall season in New England. With stunning foliage and prime apple picking at the local orchards, the Fair brings visitors into the town to support local businesses and industry.
Granville, Massachusetts is a beautiful example of a historic New England town. With rich history and annual traditions, the town holds onto its charm while moving into the future.