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Lynn Cooper sang a powerful rendition of the National Anthem during the opening of the Granville County 275th Anniversary celebration on Saturday.

275 Years of Granville County

PHOTOS: Granville County celebrates its 275th anniversary

From staff reports
| July 27, 2021

OXFORD — It's not every day your county turns 275 years old. On Saturday, Granville County celebrate...

The Phase 3 expansion to Granville Athletic Park was dedicated on Saturday. From left, County Commissioner chair Sue Hinman; Korena Weichel, assistant county manager; Charla Duncan, former county analyst; Michael McFadden, member of the Parks and Recreation Committee; Commissioners Russ May and Zelodis Jay; County Manager Mike Felts’ Commissioners Jimmy Gooch, Tony Cozart, Tim Karan and David Smith; and Charlynne Smith, director of Recreation Resources Service.

County celebrates expansion at Granville Athletic Park

By Amanda Dixon
| July 26, 2021

OXFORD — An hour before Granville County’s 275th Anniversary celebration began Saturday, county offi...

Chappell Mule Dealership. Illustration by Elizabeth Donahue

275 Years of Granville County

A timeline of Creedmoor buildings

By Toni Anne Wheeler
| July 22, 2021

The town was previously known as “Creedmore.” No one knows for certain how Creedmoor got its name. O...

Celebrating 275 Years of Granville County

July 23, 2021

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Billy and Mary Lyon and their family take Joe and Helen Davenport and their family on a leisurely Sunday ride down Main Street Creedmoor in a mule-drawn wagon in 1952.

275 Years of Granville County

PHOTOS: A look back through Creedmoor history

July 22, 2021

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Construction is underway in downtown Oxford in this undated photo.

275 Years of Granville County

County seat means business for 2 centuries

By Alyssa Blair
| July 22, 2021

The history of the Oxford area begins with the ocean — yes, the ocean. Thousands of years ago, Oxfor...

John Penn of Granville County signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Although smaller than John Hancock's, his name is seen to the bottom left.

275 Years of Granville County

Stovall attorney was Declaration signer

By Shawn Taylor
| July 22, 2021

John Hancock famously made his name synonymous with the signature when he scrawled his name in large...

Dave Pavlus

275 Years of Granville County

Stem’s story started at depot

By Dave Pavlus
| July 22, 2021

Southern Granville County in the late 1800s was mostly rural farmland and forest that was purchased ...

The Stem High School basketball team is said to have defeated the UNC Tar Heels in a 1936 scrimmage.

275 Years of Granville County

That time Stem bested UNC at basketball

By Lewis Bowling
| July 22, 2021

Back in 1936, the Stem High School boys basketball team beat Creedmoor High School for the Granville...

Gen. Butner

275 Years of Granville County

Names tell stories all their own

By Lewis Bowling
| July 22, 2021

Highway 75, which runs from Oxford through Providence and Stem into Durham, has had many names. Part...

A softball team poses for a team photo at Camp Butner.

275 Years of Granville County

Timeline of Camp Butner

By Lewis Bowling
| July 22, 2021

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Tom Lane

275 Years of Granville County

From military camp to proud town

By Tom Lane
| July 22, 2021

The Town of Butner emerged from the tobacco and corn fields of southern Granville, northern Durham, ...

Livestock were sold at Chappell barns in Creedmoor.

275 Years of Granville County

Business boomed in early Creedmoor

By Lewis Bowling
| July 22, 2021

Thomas Lyon is generally considered to be the founder of Creedmoor. At one time Lyon owned most of t...

A mule is auctioned off in Creedmoor in this undated photo.

275 Years of Granville County

A 275-year-old ‘postage stamp’

By Lewis Bowling
| July 22, 2021

Granville County is old. Now, old to me is a good thing. I’m one of those people who would much pref...

Synama Grove Missionary Baptist Church Sunday school class, circa 1962.

275 Years of Granville County

Growing up Granville — Part 1

By Dennis W. Daniel
| July 22, 2021

Editor’s note: Part 2 will run later in the newspaper. My first recollections pretty much reinforce...

The Mary Potter School bears the name of a secretary who was an advocate for the institution.

275 Years of Granville County

Memories may be beautiful, and yet...

By Bessye Lawrence McGhee
| July 22, 2021

The African American community of Granville County has beautiful memories of the Black high schools ...

Mark Pace

275 Years of Granville County

A sampling of Granville’s sometimes-strange history

By Mark Pace
| July 22, 2021

As we celebrate the 275th year since the founding of Granville County, a look back at some of our hi...

NASA Administrator James Webb, left, meets with President Lyndon Johnson in the Oval Office. Webb was born in Tally Ho near Stem.

275 Years of Granville County

PHOTOS: Stem is one of Granville's oldest communities

July 22, 2021

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After the white men finished dinner, Black tenants and neighbors in 1939 eat after a day of corn-shucking at Mrs. Fred Wilkins' home in Tally Ho, near Stem.

PHOTOS: Images show life in Granville through the centuries

July 22, 2021

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Bicyclists pose for a photo on Main Street in Oxford in 1897.

PHOTOS: Oxford through the years

July 22, 2021

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