Museum Hours & Information

The Granville Historical Society Museum is now open for the season; the Research Center remains open on Thursdays. 

Museum hours
(through Aug. 31

Wednesday: 1:00-4:00
Thursday: 1:00-4:00
Friday: 1:00 to 4:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00
Sunday: 1:00 to 4:00

(Closed Monday-Tuesday) 

Research Center hours:

Thursdays: 9:30 to noon
and 1:00 to 4:00 

Anyone wishing to make special arrangements should contact Theresa Overholser or call the Historical Society at 740-587-3951 and leave a message.

The museum and research center are located at 115 E. Broadway.  For a map to the GHS, please click here.  

For a calendar view of our hours and events, please click here.

Both the museum and research center are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit!

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Latest news from the Granville Historical Society


Granville Post Office Artist Celebrated With Retrospective

Wendell Cooley Jones (1899-1956), the artist who in 1938 painted the mural “First Pulpit in Granville” in the Granville post office, was recently celebrated with a commemoration of his work at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in Woodstock, New York.  The exhibition, “Rediscovering Wendell Jones,” was curated by his son, Peter R. Jones, and runs through October 5, 2014.

Photo by Peter Jones; used with permission.Wendell Jones was a well known figure in the Woodstock art colony in the 1930s, ’40s, and ‘50s; although he died young at age 56, Jones had a prominent career and today ranks as one of America’s premier muralists of the 20th century. For his “First Pulpit” mural in the Granville post office, still a treasured landmark for the Granville community, he interviewed residents about the village and their memories of its history. The resulting work depicts the fabled first worship service held by the new arrivals from Massachusetts in 1805. 

In addition to his Granville commission, Jones painted murals for federal buildings in both New York and Tennessee (both have since been relocated, leaving the Granville mural a rare work that is still “in situ”). The exhibition in Woodstock brought together many of his works, including his later abstract expressionist paintings that reveal the range of this extraordinary painter.  

Photo by Peter Jones; used with permission.

Art was apparently something of the family business. Jones’ wife Jane was a painter as well (mainly portraits); his son Peter also became a visual artist, earning his MFA and specializing in still life paintings and becoming Professor of Art (now Emeritus) at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA.  
Of special interest to Granville is that the catalog accompanying the exhibition is available to view at the Granville Historical Society museum, courtesy of Peter Jones.  It includes a biographical essay and dozens of images, including one of Jones working on the Granville mural in his studio. To view the catalog Rediscovering Wendell Jones, please stop by the museum during opening hours.
Photo by Peter Jones; used with permission.

New Modern Times Now Available

The September issue of our monthly e-newsletter, Modern Times, is now available.  If you're a subscriber, you've already received it by email.


This month features news of a Jay Young painting to be raffled off to benefit the GHS, our Halloween plans, upcoming events, and more.


To receive each new issue of Modern Times directly in your inbox, please email us at You do not have to be a member of the GHS to sign up!  To read previous issues of Modern Times, please click here.



Gallant’s Lecture Will Focus On Education

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Professor Tom Gallant will present an interesting look at the many schools that children in Granville and the Township area attended in the 19th and early 20th century.
Gallant taught at Denison University for 28 years and served as chair of the Department of Education. He also wrote “Early Public Schools in Granville and Granville Township” and “Shepardson College and Its Heritage,” two soft-cover books that are available at the Society.
When:  Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7:00 p.m. 
Where: The Society’s meeting room, 115 E. Broadway (enter through the side entrance). 

Fall GHS Programs Announced

The Granville Historical Society has announced its fall programs of lectures, dinners, and more. All the details can be found in our most recent issue of Modern Times, but here’s the lineup:

  • Sep. 17, 7 p.m.:  Lecture by Professor Tom Gallant on the history of schools in Granville Township.
  • Late September - Mid-November:  fundraising raffle to win a painting by local artist Jay Young. 
  • Nov. 18, evening:  Traditional Fall Banquet in the Amelia Room at Kendal.
  • Dec. 6, 1 - 9 p.m.: Candlelight Walking Tour. The museum will host a number of artists and craftspeople selling a terrific collection of items.
  • Dec. 7, 3:30: Celebration of Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas’s centenary at the Davis Shai house. We will serve tea and show the film of Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.


New Modern Times Now Available

The August issue of our monthly e-newsletter, Modern Times, is now available.  If you're a subscriber, you've already received it by email.

This month features an overview of our fall programs, a tip on how you can help the GHS by shopping through Amazon Smile, the Archival Item of the Month, and more.

To receive each new issue of Modern Times directly in your inbox, please email us at You do not have to be a member of the GHS to sign up!  To read previous issues of Modern Times, please click here.