ⓘ Grafton, Vermont


ⓘ Grafton, Vermont

The town was founded as Thomlinson, but renaming rights were auctioned in 1791. The high bidder, who reportedly offered "five dollars and a jug of rum," changed the name to Grafton after his home town of Grafton, Massachusetts. Possibly as a result of having celebrated a bit too much with the rum some say it was hard cider, the money was never collected.

In the early 19th century, sheep farming became popular and several woolen goods jumped along the branches of the Saxtons river. Soapstone was quarried on nearby Bear mountain. The town became a notable stagecoach hub for traffic across the green mountains into Albany, new York. One INN from that era, "the old tavern" was established in 1801. It remains one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the United States.

Grafton had a population of almost 1.500 just before the American Civil war. The city suffered heavy losses during the Civil war. Local cemeteries in the village hold many of the tombstones of the victims of the battle of Gettysburg. After the war the community declined in population. The soapstone quarry was exhausted and closed at the end of the 19th century. During the great Depression, the citys population was less than 400.

In 1960-e years the Windham Foundation was created to help restore the village. He bought an old tavern and many of the residences in the area. The Foundation has also established a home cheese business, Grafton village cheese company, and has built world-class cross-country skiing center at Grafton ponds that offers a popular program, mountain Biking for kids in the summer months. The restoration work involved the new residents of Metropolitan new York and Boston.

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  • The Grafton Public Library is located at 204 Main Street in Grafton Vermont It is located in the historic Butterfield House, an elegant early 19th - century
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