"Picturesque Grafton in Vermont" Grafton by Geoff_Wright
Grafton Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 15 photos
We had not intended to visit Grafton, nor had we even found it on our travel map. It was actually located some way inside of our marked route, from Windsor, then west of the Green Mountains, on Route 100, and back into New hampshire at Bellows Falls.
At some point during our journey back towards New Hampshire, we were not sure if we had followed the correct road, so we stopped to enquire of someone who just happened to be a Highways surveyor. Finding that we were still on our intended course, the Surveyor told us about the historic town of Grafton, and that, being only a few miles off our course, we ought to go and take a look at it. He said it was one of those old towns where people still rode horses down the street!
According to 'USA Today' (which, by the way, recently did a feature about Virtual Tourist), their May 18th, 2003 edition selected Grafton as the sixth most beautiful place in America.
In my own opinion,Grafton certainly is one of the prettiest villages in Vermont. Many of its beautiful old buildings have been lovingly restored by its residents and the Windham Foundation (See next Chapter)
Sitting here, back in England, and reading something of the history of Grafton, I'm just sorry we never had time to look further at this picturesque town. It's obviously so full of history, and has been used in films and even in a Budweiser advert.
Talking about that budweiser advert, I've discovered another site that has a great deal of information on Grafton. Kerri S. McIntire wrote in 'The Almanack' - The inheritage, Journal of History, Travel and Lore, 'A Brief History of Grafton, Vermont'. (http://www.inheritage.org/almanack/c_grafton.html).
Kerri has very kindly give me permission to use some of her historical text in support of my photos. Due to our very short visit, I need to do justice to Grafton, not that anyone has to do that as it's such a great place to be. So if you are anywhere nearby, don't miss it!
Searching the various pages about Grafton on the internet, I came across reference to the 'Windham Foundation', an organisation that, along with the residents of the town, has brought the town back to life in such a way that it is not a living museum piece, but a living, thriving town. Having written to the Windam Foundation, I have been given permission by Mr.Arthur Schubert Vice President of The Windham Foundation, Inc., to include some of their text or descriptions in support of this page. I am most grateful to Mr Schubert for his support here.
The Windham Foundation
- Pros:A beautiful town, the sixth most beautiful in America
- Cons:None, but leave yourself plenty of time to see it all.
- In a nutshell:Go inside the buildings, not just on the outside
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