Founded in 1780, Granville was predominantly built on the foundation of the slate industry. The town has long been considered the Colored Slate Capital of the World for its many prodigious quarries that produce stone in a rare variety of colors, including green, gray, gray black, purple, mottled green and purple, and red. But it is also home to other industries, including furniture making at Telescope Casual Furniture and Manchester Wood, to name two producers, and sealants making at St. Gobain Performance Plastics.
In addition to thriving industry, the Village of Granville has a bustling retail scene with both chain and specialty shops, a variety of eateries and professional services. Those looking to start their own business will find ideal real estate for their venture.
Granville also offers a rich cultural life, with institutions like the Pember Library and Museum of Natural History and the Slate Valley Museum providing opportunities for both recreation and education. The Granville Area Chorus and the Granville Town Band, or a visit to the Summer Concert Series, are the perfect solutions to those with musical talent or a desire to hear some great tunes. An ice skating park, Granville Little League, Granville Youth Soccer and Granville Panthers football offer activities for area children year round.
Civic organizations like the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Granville Lions Club, the Granville Lioness Club, the Granville Rotary, Knights of Columbus, Masons, and the Order of the Eastern Star offer adults a variety of ways to get active in service to their community. Others choose to serve on the Granville Rescue Squad or on one of the village’s two volunteer fire departments.
Veterans will also find a welcoming community at one or both of the village’s two veterans organizations, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 1653 and American Legion Post #323.
Opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors abound, too, with parks, a recreation trail and the Mettowee River all to be found within the village borders.