Category Archives: Granville

Israel Parsons House (1800)

Built in 1800 (or perhaps 1816), the Israel Parsons House is an end chimney Federal-style residence on Main Road in Granville. Israel Parsons was born in Springfield in 1762 and his family came to Granville in 1766. He served during … Continue reading

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The Rev. T.M. Cooley House (1801)

Rev. Timothy Mather Cooley became the minister of Granville’s Congregational Church in 1805. In 1798 and 1799, he led a religious revival in the town, where he had grown up and lived all his life. He described the revival in … Continue reading

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West Granville Congregational Church (1778)

In 1778, residents of West Granville volunteered many hours and much labor to construct a Congregational church. The long distance required to travel to the meeting house in Granville Center had led the people of West Granville to decide to … Continue reading

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West Granville Academy (1837)

The old Academy School building in West Granville is a one-room schoolhouse, built in 1837 (next to the Congregational Church) and used as a school until 1869. It then became a community building. The West Granville Academy is Greek Revival … Continue reading

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The Dr. Austin Scott House (1810)

Built around 1810, the home of James Cooley in Granville Center is a Federal-style home with a double leaf front door below a Palladian window. The house was later the summer home of Dr. Austin Scott, president of Rutgers University … Continue reading

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Noble and Cooley Drum Factory (1872)

In 1852, master mechanic Silas Noble began manufacturing toy drums in his kitchen. In 1854, Noble and his partner, James Cooley (who handled the business side of their operation and whose descendants still run the business), built a factory in … Continue reading

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The Joel Root House (1816)

In the Spelman Genealogy (1910), Fannie Cooley Williams Barbour writes of Elizabeth Lucins Spelman Brown: Mrs. Brown spent much of her girlhood in the “Old Spelman Red House,” and received the names of her two grandmothers, Hayes and Kent. Soon … Continue reading

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