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Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation Present

“Dear Sarah: Letters Home During the Civil War”


Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 PM


Learning about history from someone who experienced it firsthand is always exciting!

Historian Carolyn Ivanoff’s program features excerpts from Private F. H. Smith’s letters home to his wife, which describe life in the Union Army, his feelings about the war and the Emancipation Proclamation.


This NCCHP living history event is free to members and donations from others are appreciated.  Light refreshments will be served.



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OCTOBER 8th - 10th!


Saturday – Monday, October 8 -10  – 35th Annual Granville Harvest Fair!  The museum and Gift Shop will be open all three days of the fair with tours, demonstrations, great food vendors and the very popular Westfield River Brewery beer tent.  Harvest Fair hours are:  Saturday and Monday, 10AM – 5PM; Sunday, noon to 5PM.  Demonstrations this year include the Forest Park “Zoo on the Go”, Erick the Blacksmith, small engines and drum making processes.  On Saturday, Cooley Buy will demonstrate her pottery wheel skills and share her tips.  The ever popular Crepes Tea House food truck will be back again making both sweet and savory crepes to order.  The Patton Catering food trailer will be onsite at the museum this year featuring a variety of dogs, burgers, sausage sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes and more.   Something for everyone!

Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30PM – The final Living History program of 2016 will be “The Fight to Set People Free”.   Kevin Johnson from the CT State Library will appear in costume and  dynamically reenact the life and times of Jordan Freeman.  Jordan Freeman, a native of Old Lyme, was an African American body servant of Col William Ledyard during the Revolutionary War and witnessed key events of the war for independence.  

The free Living History programs at the NCCHP museum are 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 continued support in 2016.  Light refreshments will be served following the program. 

The NCCHP museum  is located in the historic buildings of the Noble & Cooley Toy Drum company at 42 Water Street in Granville.  For more information visit the NCCHP website or call 413-357-6321.


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