Granville New York History
The Village of Granville is nestled in the Mettowee River Valley, a gateway to both the Adirondack Mountains and the Lakes Region of Vermont. Rolling green hills and lush forests surround a charming village with so much to discover, making it an ideal place either to visit for a day or weekend, or stay for a lifetime.
The “1878 History of Washington County” mentions that the St. Francis Indians claimed their ancestral rights to hunt, fish and trade in Granville, finding here their best beavers. Today Granville NY, lying in the northeastern portion of the county at the confluence of the Mettawee and Indian Rivers, is still a very desirable area.
The land form of the area has distinctive deposits of slate. Granville is Splitting red slate block. sometimes called the Slate Capital of the World. These slate deposits were discovered just before the Civil War, and they made quarrying the leading industry in the town for a century. The slate industry today, using modern techniques, continues to be an important business. It is interesting to note that the area has the only working red slate quarries in the world. The picturesque slate quarries are a hallmark to the area. The Slate Museum in the Village of Granville is preserving artifacts and information tracing the development of this fascinating industry in the Slate Valley.