Granville is spread out and the road meanders through the township. I have visited Granville three times. The first time was in 2007 and then again in 2011. Actually, I visited Granville twice in 2011 within days. Patriot Day meant that the Town Hall was closed so I had to return another day to visit. I have driven from the west leaving Springfield and driving to Granville. I have driven from Pittsfield to Granville which means you head east and south. It is a nice drive either way. Below is a Google topo map of the area and you can see that it is a little hilly. Just click the photo and it will open.
To see a better view of the lay of the land in Granville go to the website for the Natural Atlas and do some exploring.
The main Highway is 57 and it cuts through east to west in the middle of the town area. The area is about 685′ in elevation and 42.97 square miles in size, with a population of 1521. It is very lovely. They have several National Historic buildings in the town.
If you are coming from the east on Hwy 57 you will first come to the area where there is a lovely park, the library and the general store. The intersection is Hwy 57 and the Granby Road Hwy 189. It takes a little longer to get to this area from the west to the east.
The Granville Public Library is a wonderful building filled with treasures. They have a history room which may require an appointment so you will need to contact them. When I visited the 2nd time (2011) I met up with Rose Miller who was the historian of their history room. She took me under her wing and shared wonderful historical items with me. I do not know if she is still doing it. She invited me to her wonderful old salt-box home for a visit. I am very grateful for her kindness to me.
The Granville Public Library is one of my favorite places to do research. They have a filing cabinet filled with genealogies and shelves with town history books, atlases and more. It is filled to the brim with treasures. http://granvillelib.info/index.html
The Country Store is also of interest and may be a great place for a snack.
Traveling further west about 1 mile on Hwy 57 you will come to the Granville Town Hall. It is brilliant white so you cannot miss it at all. They keep the vital records in a 3×5 filing card file. No you do not see original records at this town hall. They are very pleasant and let you go in and do your own research. Please call to get their hours and watch out for holidays in Massachusetts that might collide with your visit. http://www.townofgranville.net/Pages/default.aspx
Continuing along Hwy 57 you come to the Center Cemetery. It is 1.4 miles west from the Library. You can park along the road next to the cemetery make sure you are not on the road. When I was there it had rained so the ground was soft and squishy. Always have extra shoes and dry socks with you. In this cemetery you will find Gibbons family names. Find A Grave has this cemetery listed with 541 photos and 62% complete. I will return to this cemetery in a future post about Mary Goss, daughter of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss who married Lemuel Gibbons and remarried several other times.
I don’t know why, but I really like Granville, Massachusetts. I found it peaceful and pleasant and a little on the cool side. Here is what I wrote in my Massachusetts Meanderings blog in 2011:
This was going to be an interesting drive because so far I have only come to Granville from the east to the west and now I was going from the west to the east. This would give me a better idea of the distance and terrain. The road was good in places but damaged and rough in others. There was hardly any traffic — which I love. I drove down Hwy 20 till is connected to Hwy 8 and then to Hwy 57….
Just before turning onto Hwy 57 there is a covered bridge just north of the town of New Boston. It is bright red and over the Farmington River. Since I didn’t go to the one west of Winchester, NH, I decided to stop and enjoy this one. I parked the car and walked over to the bridge and stepped inside noting the big chunky floor boards with a little of the river peeking through. There was a viewing window on the right side and I peered through it. It had a plaque on it probably a dedication?
If you get the chance, go and explore Granville, Massachusetts it is a lovely area. Unfortunately, based on my research it looks like our Philip Goss IV and Mary didn’t stay in Granville long and were in Becket, Massachusetts by 1758. We will take a look at land that Philip had in Granville in the next post.