275 Years of History in Granville County


Granville County marked a milestone in 2021 with the  celebration of its 275th anniversary. Formed in 1746, Granville County was established thirty years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and was named in honor of the second Earl of Granville, Lord John Carteret. King George II had given most of the land that is present-day Granville County to Carteret as part of the Granville Grant in the 1660s. (Pictured on the right is Mark Pace of the Richard H. Thornton Library, dressed as Granville County’s own John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence.)

A planning committee established by the Granville County Board of Commissioners has been working throughout the year to schedule activities, events, and keepsakes to help celebrate this special occasion. 

Local author Lewis Bowling was contracted by Granville County Government and the planning committee to publish a commemorative book to showcase the Granville County of yesterday and today. Looking Back: 275 Years of Granville County History, is available for purchase at several key locations throughout the county or can be ordered online by clicking here. The cost of each book is $50. 

A collectible coin is also available for $5 and is also available through several area locations. Coins can also ordered online by clicking here. The heavyweight metal coin features a custom design commemorating Granville County’s 275th Anniversary, with a nod to the County’s iconic courthouse on the flip side. Learn more about the coin by clicking here. 

(Note: Online orders will incur a small convenience fee and shipping charges, if applicable.)  




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