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Granite Falls is located in southern Caldwell County North Carolina, just north of Hickory, on U. S. Highway 321. Its history dates back before the Revolutionary War. Its origins can be traced to land grants dating back to 1754. Granite Falls was incorporated on May 1, 1899 and was named after the Falls on Gunpowder Creek, where a solid formation of granite spans the creek. Read more about the Town's history. »

Veterans Memorial

The Town of Granite Falls established the Veterans Memorial Committee to plan the location, design, construction and fundraising efforts for a monument to honor all United States Veterans. The Committee has chosen the location, between the Recreation Center and Philadelphia Lutheran Church, selected the design and is currently raising funds to construct the monument. To date, the Committee has raised approximately 70% of the funds needed to construct the monument. As of June 1, 2014, over 240 Veterans names have been submitted for inscription on the monument. The Veterans Committee plans to dedicate the monument on Veterans Day in 2014, which means the deadline for submitting the names of Veterans for inscription is quickly approaching. As a reminder, all Veterans, or family members or friends of Veterans who served honorably and have connections to Granite Falls and the southern end of Caldwell County are invited and encouraged to participate in making this vision become a reality. For more information about the monument fundraising efforts, please contact one of the Committee members – Sam Erby, Jr (396-3364), Jim Mackie (396-5116), Jim Sullivan (499-4397), Ritch Bolick (396-3358), M.D. Townsend (396-1704) or Frank Mackie (396-5687). Information about the memorial may also be obtained at the Town Office (396-3131). More pics...

Photos courtesy of Mark Jackson, Granite Falls Journal

The new Granite Falls Veterans Memorial has received a component not found in most Veterans memorials. Local resident, Jeanne Whisnant, daughter of D-Day Veteran James ‘Pib’ Whisnant, recently made a trip to Normandy, France. While in Normandy, Ms. Whisnant visited Omaha Beach where her father, who was in the US Navy Armed Guard, off-loaded troops on June 6, 1944. Ms. Whisnant returned to Granite Falls with sand from Omaha Beach where approximately 2,000 American military personnel died on D-Day. The Veterans Memorial Committee agreed for the sand to be placed in the memorial and on Thursday, August 28, 2014, a small amount of sand from the coast of Normandy, France was poured onto the ground and covered with concrete poured for the memorial base. The Veterans Committee felt that adding the sand created a connection between a place where so many Veterans fought and died and the new Veterans Memorial.

The Granite Falls Veterans Memorial will be completed and will be dedicated on November 11, 2014, Veterans Day. The ceremony will begin at 11:11am – to honor the time at which the Armistice ending World War I was signed. All Town residents, as well as other individuals wishing to honor Veterans, are invited to attend the dedication ceremony that will be held at the monument site at the Granite Falls Recreation Center near Philadelphia Lutheran Church.

Club Canine Groundbreaking

On February 18, 2014 Town of Granite Falls’ officials joined with Club Canine owners Kenny and Tracy Whiteside, Caldwell and Catawba Chamber of Commerce officials and Club Canine employees and customers for a groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility on South Main Street in Granite Falls. Club Canine plans to open the new facility by the end of June.

Garden Club

The Town of Granite Falls would like to thank the Garden Club for once again planting flowers in the town square. This year the Garden Club has planted purple flowers in a tribute to Alzheimer’s research.

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    Mayor's Welcome

    On behalf of the Town Council and citizens of Granite Falls, I thank you for visiting our website. I am proud to serve as Mayor of my hometown, and I hope our website will show you a small portion of the people, places and services that make Granite Falls a wonderful place to live.

    Located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and on two lakes of the Catawba River chain, our town offers home sites with views and amenities that are unique even in our beautiful state. Our town is too beautiful and friendly to appreciate fully through a website visit. So when you "log off", pack a bag and come visit us. We will take you to see the "Falls at Gunpowder Creek" from which our town derives its name, peaceful Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Hickory and many other historic and natural sites.

    Again, I am happy you visited our website and I hope to see you soon.

    Barry Hayes

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    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    Granite Falls Veterans’ Memorial Dedication Ceremony
    Location: Adjacent to the GF Recreation Center on Pinewood Road
    Ceremony begins at 11:11am

    Monday, November 24, 2014
    Festival on the Square and Light Up Granite Falls Christmas Tree Lighting
    Festival begins at 6:15 p.m.

    Saturday, December 6, 2014
    Granite Falls Rotary Club Christmas Parade
    Parade begins at Noon


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    National Quilting Month - Special Exhibit During March at the Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum
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    Citizen Application for Advisory Boards & Committees

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    The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to offer automatic draft for your utility bills (water, sewer and electric). Save gas and time with this new bill paying option. Please call the Town Offices at 396-3131 for details or to sign up.

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    Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum is open now on select days, please contact the Town Offices at 396-3131 for more information.

    Town of Granite Falls Lakeside Park with walking/biking trails, picnic shelter, canoe launch and three separate fishing decks. - Open Now - Contact the Recreation Department at 396-1221 to make reservations for the picnic shelter.


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