History & Culture

Granville County is widely recognized for its oak tree lined streets and stately colonial architecture. Our picturesque towns offer welcoming faces to all visitors who always greet with southern hospitality. The county's rich heritage and excellent agriculture still play a large part in today's everyday scene. 

The county's appealing location have offered much industrial growth, with a laid back feel. The county seat of Oxford is well known for its historic downtown streets and the large red county courthouse. Established in 1764 Oxford continues to be the central location for industry in the county. The old jail located beside the current courthouse is now the county history museum, offering a vivid look into the past while giving educational opportunities through programs for all ages. Granville County is also home to John Penn's grave site; one of 3 North Csrolina delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence and a county native. Located in the southern end of Granville County is the Town of Butner, which was established in 1942 originally as Camp Butner, a World War II training facility. Throughout the war more then 30,000 soliders trained at the 40,000 acre facility. A detailed history of Camp Butner can be seen along the newly built Town Hall on Central Ave.  


Historic Places

Granville MuseumGranville County History Museum
110 Court St
Oxford NC
(919) 693-9706
Located in the “old county jail” the Granville County Museum offers a unique look at the history of our great county. Both; educational and interactive, the museum will engage visitors to step back in time and gives an impressive look at the county’s rich agriculture past. 

Harris Hall Harris Exhibit Hall at the County Museum
1 Museums Lane
Oxford NC
(919) 693-9706
Located next to the county museum in the historic county “freezer locker” the hall encompasses ever changing exhibits taking a glimpse at national, state and local history and even offers science exhibits for an school groups and tours. The museum is part of the NC Science Network. The museum will be adding a permanent train exhibit that features a look back at the early railroad system that was imperative to our county and state’s economic success.

George C. Shaw Museum
202 E. McClanahan St
Oxford NC
(919) 690-8055
Original home to the founder of Mary Potter Academy and Timothy Darling Church. The G. C. Shaw Museum is place that inspires and stimulates cultural and educational values in a setting that preserves Dr. Shaw’s accomplishments as leader of this historic African-American educational institution.

Sallie Mae Ligon Museum & Archive
600 College St. (Cobb Center)
(919) 603-3906 –call for hours-
Located in the shade of the large oak trees that adorn the Masonic Home for Children campus; The Sallie Mae Ligon Museum displays the history of North Carolina’s first and oldest operating residential home for children. Call for hours and times to stop by and view over 173 years of Masonic Home history.


Oak Hill Heritage House Research Library and Museum (OHHHM)
7686 Goshen Rd. Oak Hill Oxford NC 27565 
Call for hours and appointments:  
(919) 693-4014 / (919) 603-0322  

An African American Museum & Research Library housing multicultural resources; to preserve and promote awareness of the local rich history and culture; and give residents a glimpse into the past and present history of the Oak Hill area and its’ historical significance to the community, Granville County, state of North Carolina and to the nation. For more info: http://oakhillheritagehouse.org or CLICK HERE.                                                           



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1150 Fleming Rd Creedmoor NC
(919) 528-1041

This hidden gem is a MUST visit during your trip to Creedmoor. Located right on the outskirts of Wake and Durham counties, this family run business has been producing hand-made pottery, blown glass and other fine art for over 45 years. The grounds that the gallery is located on will give you a tranquil escape from everyday life. Make sure to check out their annual spring and fall festival each year for demonstrations and chance to meet some of the 250 U.S. artists that showcase their works of art at Cedar Creek.

Granville Little Theatre
Oxford City Hall Auditorium
300 Williamsboro St.
Oxford NC 27565
Granville Little Theatre has been producing local plays and musicals for over 60 years. The efforts of the Granville Arts Council assist the theatre group in producing 4 shows each season. Visit online today to see a list of this season's plays!