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


Mark Your Calendar: Nov. 18 for the fall banquet

The traditional Fall Banquet is back on the calendar for this year with a few new twists. The Amelia Room at the Kendal at Granville main building will be the location for the Tuesday, Nov. 18, celebration that will also see the winning raffle ticket drawn for the Jay Young painting. Stay tuned for more information.


GHS Raffle for James Young Paintings

From September 23rd through November 18th, the Granville Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets, with the grand prize a beautiful painting from local artist James Young. Proceeds will benefit technological advances at the Granville Historical Society and its mission to preserve the community’s history. Several other paintings from Young's "Historical Granville" series will also be given away.


Tickets are $10 each or three for $25, and are available for puchase at the Kussmaul Gallery on E. Broadway. You can also purchase tickets on Saturdays at Granville Farmer’s Market 9-12 or at the GHS Museum 10-1. Proceeds will benefit technological advances at the Granville Historical Society and its mission to preserve the community’s history.


The drawing for the winner will be at the Society’s Fall Banquet, Nov 18, 2014; and the winner need not be present. For more information, see this flyer or contact Gary Yaekle at 740-587-7366.


Here are the other paintings that will be raffled off:

Reminder: Support the GHS through Amazon Smile

Now there's an easy way to support the Granville Historical Society that costs you nothing. If you are an Amazon customer, we'd love for you to start shopping through Amazon Smile and direct 0.5% of your purchase to the GHS. Bookmark that page and you will get the same prices, deals, Amazon Prime privileges, etc., but Amazon sends a bit of its proceeds back to us.  Every penny helps!

We also appreciate direct donations, and you can learn more about donating (Paypal, check, or in-kind) here.

Thank you as always for supporting the Granville Historical Society! 


New Modern Times Available

The October 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 a retrospective of the work of Wendell Jones, the Granville Post Office muralist, news of a Jay Young painting to be raffled off to benefit the GHS, and the artifact of the mont.
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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.