Granit Central kicks off summer season with grand opening event

All photos by Tanya Mueller.

STANSTEAD — The Granit Central Co-Op kicked off a new season last weekend with a grand opening event that brought out new exhibitions, new products, and even live music by Mike Goudreau.

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Stanstead, which refers to itself as the “Granite Capital of Canada,” is the ideal location for a museum that celebrates all things granite.

Since closing last season, the museum has gone through renovations, including the addition of a new boutique. Guided tours are always available, taking visitors on a complete history of the granite industry.

Also on display are various granite products of all sizes, showing the versatility of the stone.

On the other end of the museum is a permanent exhibition that has gained recognition by housing Canada’s largest collection of model trains. On display are more than 3,000 pieces of Lionel trains.

The model train exhibition shares the space in collaboration with Club des Modelistes Ferroviaires de l’Estrie. This model railroad club has built a beautiful miniature railroad diorama for visitors. Viewers will quickly notice the attention to detail that has gone into the project.

The group moved the club from Sherbrooke to Stanstead back in 2012.

The museum will be open this year until October 31, every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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