Noble & Cooley Center For Historic Preservation

Noble & Cooley Center For Historic Preservation Dedicated to Celebrating Yankee Ingenuity
NCCHP is a new museum created to preserve & incorporate the rich history of Granville and the surrounding areas. The museum is housed within the historic buildings of the Noble & Cooley drum factory. The buildings & original equipment at the site offer a unique opportunity to experience "Yankee Ingenuity" as it impacted manufacturing from the mid-1800's forward.
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Tucked away in the foothills of the Berkshires is an intact factory with all the machinery necessary to manufacture toy and professional drums. SIA toured the factory during the 1988 Connecticut Valley Tour. The Southern New England Chapter visited the site for an in-depth inspection of the Company's manufacturing equipment in 2005. In 1854 Noble & Cooley Company, located in Granville Massachusetts, began manufacturing drums. The area has a unique heritage in small-scale industry and in particular in producing vernacular solutions to technological problems. The local farmers, faced with diminishing returns in agriculture and shortages of labor, turned to mechanized manufacturing to survive. Noble & Cooley is a surviving example of the manufacturing firms that were once plentiful in the remote valleys of New England. Silas Noble, a master mechanic, and James P. Cooley, an entrepreneur, started by making drums in Noble's farmhouse kitchen. The drums sold quickly and in 1856 they built their first factory. Business expanded during the Civil War when the Company produced drums for Northern regiments. During this period the factory expanded and the company switched over from waterpower to steam. By 1873 they were producing 100,000 drums a year. Around this time vernacular tooling, jigs and fixtures were introduced to cut labor costs and increase output. The Company developed proprietary technology in steam bending, decorating and assembly of drums. At the turn of the 19 th century Noble & Cooley adapted the technology for manufacturing "tin" cans to making toy drums. A machine for printing up to eight colors sequentially was developed and built in the machine shop. Toy drums continued to sell and the company adapted to WWII materials restrictions by building paperboard drums. Mid-20 th century marketing strategies included licensing of Disney and Muppets characters to be printed on the drums to increase sales. In recent years globalization and a changing market in children's playthings have eliminated the economic viability of large scale toy drum manufacturing. For the past 20 plus years the company has shifted focus to the manufacturing of very high quality professional snare drums and drumsets. The machinery and production space used to manufacture toy drums has been unused. The owners, descendants of the founders, believed that the Company was historically significant and should be preserved. They generously agreed to transfer ownership of some of the historic buildings and machinery to a non-profit organization with the objective of preserving the Company's history and manufacturing technology. Local preservationists organized The Noble & Cooley Center for Historical Preservation (NCCHP), a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation. The mission of the center is to preserve the regional history of manufacturing, agricultural pursuits, and rural crafts through acquisition and maintenance of significant historical buildings, machinery, historical collections and local artifacts. Initially, the focus will be on dynamic demonstrations of manufacturing toy drums. The corporation will also promote preservation and study of the acquired properties, collections, and artifacts and make them available to the public. The museum will be located within the historic buildings of Noble & Cooley Company on Water Street in Granville, Massachusetts. The historical buildings will provide the space in which to build an educational facility to share the history of the region. The factory buildings retain much of the equipment that was used to manufacture toys from the 1850's through the 1950's. The museum will also preserve and demonstrate the progression of factory power sources from water to steam to electricity. The rural character of western Massachusetts will be represented in displays of farming and logging techniques of the 19 th century. The center will be a showcase of the "Yankee Ingenuity" that enabled the local area to prosper.

01/30/2020

The Ice Harvest event planned for this Saturday, February 1st has been CANCELLED!

Due to the warm weather and unfavorable ice conditions the annual ice harvesting event on the shop pond has been cancelled. Mother Nature provided cold conditions for the last 11 years, but not this year. Pease help us get the word out.

On a positive note, the next ice harvest has already been scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021.

12/31/2019

Many thanks to our NCCHP members, family and friends who supported the museum in 2019. The new living history programs were well received and Harvest Fair successful. Program plans and topics for 2020 are underway. One definite on the horizon is the annual ice harvest on Saturday, February 1st. Mark your calendars now to join Dennis Picard on the ice as he demonstrates his antique tools of the trade. Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year!

10/15/2019

The grand finale for the 2019 living history programs is tomorrow evening (Wed. 10/16) at 6:30 at the museum. Join Walt Woodward and the Band of Steady Habits (BOSH) for an evening of entertaining Irish stories, history and lively music. Bring your family and friends to mix and mingle after the program with light refreshments. There will be more living history programs in 2020 - but tomorrow we celebrate a successful 2019 season. Hope to see you all at 42 Water Street!

10/13/2019

Today's another beautiful day for the Harvest Fair! Parents, be sure to bring your kids to the museum to see The Zoo On The Go animals from Forest Park between 1:00 - 3:00. For your listening enjoyment today, Jack and His Guitar will be playing from 1:00 - 4:00. There will be more delicious offerings at the Comfort Zone Food Truck today and 3 beers on tap from Westfield River Brewery. Don't forget to play the "Harvest Hunt" game and be sure to stop by 42 Water Street to get answers to the two NCCHP questions. See you at the fair!

10/12/2019

It's a perfect day for the opening of the 38th Annual Granville Harvest Fair! Be sure to visit 42 Water Street to play the Harvest Hunt game, see the antique cars, fire engine and tractor, watch Eric the blacksmith create interesting puzzles, take a tour and come feast on some amazing Comfort Zone Food Truck pretzels to go along with the three Westfield River Brewery selections on tap. Something fun and yummy for everyone! The fair is open today from 10 - 5. See you soon!

09/30/2019

CORRECTION: Our featured food vendor this year is The Comfort Zone Food truck...artisan pretzels that are positively AWESOME!

Be sure to stop by 42 Water Street this Saturday or Sunday for some delicious new pretzel taste treats.

08/21/2019

Museum update: Rain or shine, Sheryl Faye will be at the museum on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30PM to perform her "Abigail Adams" program. It will be amazing!

07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July! The Granville parade starts at 10:00 this morning and NCCHP members, family and friends will be carrying the big flag. And Noble and Cooley has a new entry in the parade this year...our 1924 Model T truck! Hope to see you all there. Have a safe and happy holiday.

05/14/2019

Reminder: The museum is open for tours today (5/19) from noon - 3:00.

The rest of the 2019 tour season will be on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from noon - 3. Members tour for free, non member rates are $5 for Adults and $3 for children (6-12). Other tour dates and times can be arranged for groups of 10 or more by calling 413-357-6321 during business hours M-F. The Gift Shop is open M-F from 8-3 and when the museum is open for tours. Hope to see you at 42 Water Street real soon!

01/02/2019

The NCCHP museum wishes our members, volunteers, friends and family a very happy and healthy 2019! Join us on Saturday, February 2nd from noon - 3:00 for the annual ice harvesting event on the shop pond featuring Dennis Picard leading the harvest. A fun time for the whole family. Happy New Year!

10/14/2018

If you missed getting a tour of the museum over Harvest Fair come visit today while out leaf peeping. The museum is open from noon - 3:00 and the gift shop is open!

10/08/2018

NCCHP still needs 3 or 4 volunteers to help us at the museum today. Shifts are 9:30 - 1:30 and 1:30 - 5:30. Swing on by or call Liz at 860-830-1244. Thanks in advance for your help!

10/07/2018

Harvest Fair day 2 kicks off at noon today. Be sure to stop by the NCCHP museum for a tour and check out the great new food choices. CPC Smokehouse is featuring awesome brisket sandwiches and a sausage and shrimp gumbo. The Crepes Tea House has all your favorite savory and sweet crepes as well as waffles, pilaf, and meat turnovers. The Westfield River Brewery has three beers on tap this year. Jump on the bus or walk on over...it 's worth the trip!

09/23/2018

Want to remind all our FB friends that today is the 4th Sunday of the month and the museum will be open for tours from noon - 3:00. Also, the recycle fundraiser is coming to a close this Friday so today is a good time to bring your old, unused, broken electronic items to 42 Water Street. Hope to see you there!

08/24/2018

The museum will be open for tours Sunday from noon - 3:00. Looks like it will be a nice day...bring the kids for a visit before school starts - and then visit the farmer's market at The Scoop and get some ice cream. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Granville. Hope to see you there!

08/14/2018

Don't miss the special living history program tomorrow, August 15th at 6:30 PM at the museum. Our very own industrial archeologist, Bob Stewart, will present "Industrial Survival In a Pre-Computer World". The presentation will reveal the creativity and ingenuity of the inventors and engineers who solved the problems of American industrialization...without the aid of computers and digitization. Come see and hear this amazing tale of Yankee Ingenuity. Living history programs are free for museum members, and donations are gratefully accepted from others. Light refreshments will be served after the program. 42 Water St. Granville, MA 01034

08/11/2018

Tomorrow is the 2nd Sunday of the month. Come tour the museum from 12:00 - 3:00 and escape the heat, humidity and showers. Take a step back in time and prepare to be wowed!

07/22/2018

Looking for a rainy day activity? The museum is open for tours from 12 - 3 this afternoon. Come step back in time and see how things were made and how people lived, worked and entertained themselves before electricity came to Granville. History is amazing!

07/17/2018

Reminder: Join us at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 18th to hear author and WSU professor emeritus Martin Henley describe the heroic acts of some of America's most notorious scoundrels. Come find out what Benedict Arnold and Wernher von Braun had in common with other scoundrels in America's history!

Living history programs are free for members and donations are gratefully accepted from other attendees. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Hope to see you at 42 Water Street!

The NCCHP living history program is supported in part by a grant from the Granville Cultural Council.

07/07/2018

It's the 2nd Sunday of the month tomorrow (7/8) so the museum is open for tours from noon - 3:00.

Don't forget: If you have some photos of people, houses and/or events in Granville that you would like digitized, bring them (and a thumb drive) and Dick Rowley will be onsite from noon to 3 to get them saved. Check out how easy this free service is to get your pieces of Granville history saved and shared. Stop by and check it out!

07/05/2018

We had a great time marching with the flag in the Granville parade yesterday. Special shout out to Verna Sadowski and Karesa and Tyler Flagg for volunteering to help this year! You made the job of carrying a heavy flag much lighter for the rest of us. Thank you!

06/24/2018

It's the 4th Sunday of the month so the museum is open for tours from noon - 3:00.

If you have some photos of people, houses and/or events in Granville that you would like digitized, bring them and a flash drive and Dick Rowley will be onsite from noon to 3 to get them saved. Today is the first day of the free service to help get Granville history saved and shared. Stop by and check it out!

06/19/2018

Reminder: Join us at the museum at 6:30 on Wednesday, 6/20 for Anne Barrett's program "Coast To Coast in 48 Hours". Come hear the amazing story of a major turning point in American aviation history!

05/02/2018

Valley Gives Day 2018 was a Success! 10,482 donors supported 408 area nonprofits yesterday raising over 1.6 million dollars in just 24 hours. An amazing result! Thank you so much for your generosity.

NCCHP is especially grateful to the 52 members and friends of the museum who donated $5140 during the event this year. These funds will help us continue to host quality living history programs and continue building new exhibits that highlight the historic people and places in our area.

May is also membership month at NCCHP so if you haven't had a chance to renew your membership or want to purchase one (or give one as a gift) there is still time. Simply visit the website to make an online donation or print a pdf form and mail it in.

Thanks again for your continued support and validating our mission!

04/28/2018

Valley Gives Day is May 1st

NCCHP is participating and needs your help during this special one of a kind 24 hour online giving event for local nonprofits. All online donations made between midnight and 11:59 PM on Tuesday, 5/1 will help the museum qualify for additional cash prizes that are being awarded randomly during the event.

Please consider making a donation (or renewing your membership) by visiting our website or Valley Gives for a link to the NCCHP donations page. You can further support the museum by using social media to encourage friends and family about this opportunity to make a small donation that has a BIG impact.

Thanks for your support!

10/17/2017

Reminder! Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM. Come to the museum to enjoy an evening of stories and New England folk songs at the final Living History event of the 2017 season. Walt Woodward and the amazing Band of Steady Habits (BOSH) are coming back by popular demand for this special performance. This NCCHP living history event is free to members and donations from others are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Bring your family and friends!

10/04/2017

The NCCHP museum is looking for volunteers for Harvest Fair weekend, October 7-9. We need volunteers all three days of the fair in 4 hour shifts. If you can spare the time to work even just one shift it would really help us out. Volunteers are needed for many different positions, including traffic control, greeters, gift shop, floaters, vendor support, etc.. High school students can fulfill community service hours by volunteering at the museum. Must sign up in advance to volunteer (e-mail [email protected] for more info). Thanks in advance for supporting NCCHP and “Keeping the Drumbeat of History” alive!

09/24/2017

It's the 4th Sunday of the month so we're ready and waiting to take you and your family and friends for a tour of the drum factory museum from noon - 3:00 today! Check us out on your way to the Granville Farmer's Market at the Scoop or before you stop at one of the local orchards for some apples. Beautiful day for a ride to Granville...lots to see and do!

09/12/2017

Don't forget! This Wednesday at 7:00, historian Carolyn Ivanoff will present her program about "Cornelia Hancock: Civil War Nurse". Cornelia's remarkable story is captured in excerpts from letters written while she was tending the wounded, sick and dying in makeshift battlefield hospitals. Learning about historic events from people who were there is always exciting. The NCCHP museum living history events are free to members and donations from others are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Hope to see you there!

09/09/2017

Tomorrow is the 2nd Sunday of the month so be sure to swing by the museum for a tour! We're open from 12 - 3. Bring your family and friends for some interesting local history and then visit The Scoop for ice cream and the Granville Farmer's Market from 1-5. Gotta love living in Granville!

08/26/2017

Wow! The 4th Sunday of the month is tomorrow! That means the museum will be open for tours from noon - 3:00. Don't miss this opportunity to bring family and friends to 42 Water Street for some local history and then check out the Granville Farmer's Market at The Scoop. There's always lots to see and do in Granville on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month! Cheers!

08/21/2017

Don't forget! This Wednesday at 6:30, Photographer Dale Monette will present his program about the four "lost" towns that were moved to make way for the building of the Quabbin Reservoir. Learn about the building of the reservoir, the dismantling of almost 3000 structures before the intentional flooding, and much more. The NCCHP museum living history events are free to members and donations from others are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Hope to see you there!

07/08/2017

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of the month so the NCCHP museum will be open for tours from 12-3. If you are out and about, stop by and check out the antique toys exhibit. Try your hand at jacks, nine pins, rolling hoops, marbles and more! And don't forget to check out the Farmers Market at The Scoop tomorrow too! Lots of fun things to do for the whole family!

07/04/2017

Happy 4th of July! We hope to see lots of familiar faces at the Granville Parade at 10:00 today. Bring the family to watch, wave and enjoy this wonderful community parade...or if you want to march in it, we can always use more hands carrying the flag!

06/11/2017

It's the second Sunday of the month so the NCCHP museum is open for tours from 12-3 today. If you are out and about, stop by and check out the antique toys exhibit. Try your hand at jacks, nine pins, rolling hoops, marbles and more! And don't forget to check out the Farmers Market at The Scoop today too.

05/24/2017

Reminder! Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle concert tonight at 6:30 at the museum. Come join us for a fun evening of popular music with our favorite duo. Hope to see you there!

05/18/2017

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 PM Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle are performing popular songs from the 19th century at the museum. Rick has performed many times at NCCHP and plays several instruments. Dawn has been his partner in harmony for the last two years and their shows are always a crowd favorite.

This is the first living history program of the season and is free to NCCHP members and donations are gratefully accepted from other guests. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Hope to see you there!

05/14/2017

Happy Mother's Day! If you are looking for something to do with mom today bring her for a tour of the museum between noon and 3:00 and then check out the Granville Farmers market at the Scoop. Fun for the whole family!

05/03/2017

We got one! A Golden TIcket for $500 in a random drawing during the 7:00 hour. Valley Gives day rocks! Thanks for your support.

05/02/2017

Good news! Valley Gives Day has raised over $850,000 so far today for the nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley. The better news is that there's still over four hours left to participate in the event.

The NCCHP museum would appreciate your $12 donation to help keep the Living History programs going. The more unique donations we receive before 11:59PM the better chances are to be awarded one of the random Golden Ticket or Power Hour prizes ($500 - $1000).

We appreciate your support and thank everyone who has already contributed.

04/26/2017

The museum needs your support this week during the 5th annual Valley Gives fundraising event. All donations made to the museum between today and 5/2 will increase NCCHP's chances to win participation prizes...and share in the special prize pool for random cash awards.
Please make a $12 tax deductible donation today by clicking on the link on the NCCHP website - and then help spread the word to all your e-mail, FB friends and Twitter followers. With your generosity and using the power of social media the 2017 Valley Gives event will be a huge success! Thanks!

03/02/2017

A week after the fire in Feb. 1889 destroyed the drum factory, the company purchased a new site. Read all about it on the blog at ncchp.org. We aren't making this stuff up! More updates to follow.

02/21/2017

Today is the 128th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the original drum factory back in 1889. Check out the ncchp.org website and read all about it on the blog. Pictures of first person diary entries and articles from the Springfield Republican are included. History is amazing!

02/02/2017

The 9th Annual Ice Harvest is ON for this Saturday, Feb 4th!

Mark your calendars! This Saturday, from noon - 3:00 is the 9th annual ice harvest on the shop pond at 42 Water Street in Granville. The ice is looking good and it should be a great day to come out to learn about the ice harvesting industry in New England from Dennis Picard from Storrowton Village Museum. Also, the rescue horses from Blue Star Equiculture Farms will be back at the event again this year. Come see these amazing animals and learn about their work history. The NCCHP museum will be open for tours featuring Yankee Ingenuity from the 1850's through the current day. A fun time for the whole family!
There is no charge for the event, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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42 Water St
Granville, MA
01034

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(413) 357-6321

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The 38th annual Granville Harvest fair is October 12 - 14 and the museum is looking for volunteers to help as greeters both at the museum and at our tent located on the village green. Other support is needed each day to help set up and support our vendors and demonstrators. More details will be posted on the website later today. Thanks in advance for your support!