Returning to Grafton Village

Returning to Grafton Village

Grafton Vermont

The scenic hamlet of Grafton is one of the most beautiful towns in Vermont. Located between Townshend and Chester, Grafton is a quintessential, classic New England village. In the heart of the community you’ll find The Grafton Inn, Grafton Village Cheese and the Grafton Village Store.

But Grafton is much more than just a picture perfect place. This vibrant community of 600 people has made a magnificent comeback over the years.

Prior to the Civil War, the town was home to more than 1,480 residents and 10,000 sheep. But Grafton eventually experienced difficult times as the town’s population declined and the region’s once strong wool industry collapsed. Farmers moved westward, buildings fell into disrepair and the town was no longer a main thoroughfare.

The Windham Foundation

In 1963, the Windham Foundation was established by a family with ties to the area to begin the process of restoring Grafton. The Foundation evolved over time and now also offers grant and scholarship programs and operates mission-driven businesses including The Old Tavern and Grafton Village Cheese. It also maintains a sheep program to help educate the public about Vermont’s sheep industry.

The Old Tavern

The town’s main landmark is The Grafton Inn (pictured above), which has welcomed several notable guests throughout the inn’s 200-year history, including Theodore Roosevelt, Daniel Webster and Rudyard Kipling. In recent years, Paul Newman was a longtime guest before his death in 2008.

It’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to this beautiful, charming town. But it’s Grafton’s sense of community and spirit of creativity that keep us coming back.

9 Comments
  • Erin @ I Heart New England
    Posted at 15:22h, 28 May Reply

    I would absolutely love to go there!!

  • Bringing Pretty Back
    Posted at 21:40h, 29 May Reply

    I have never been to Vermont.. you make me want to hop in the car and get there as soon as I can! ( :
    Have a pretty day,
    Kristin

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 23:23h, 29 May Reply

    Hi Erin — I bet you would really like Grafton. It’s pure New England.

    Hi Kristin – Thanks for stopping by. I just started following your blog. I love it! Hope you can visit Vermont sometime.

  • A New England Life
    Posted at 23:11h, 31 May Reply

    Sounds like a simple, wonderful, old Vermont town. I’ve never been there but maybe one day. There’s just too many great towns to visit in New England!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 00:46h, 01 June Reply

    Hi Sharon,

    So true — there are way too many incredible towns to visit in New England. Grafton is really lovely. If you are ever in southern Vermont, bring your camera and head over to Grafton. You would love it.

  • Scott
    Posted at 05:36h, 04 July Reply

    Grafton is a neat little place. We go every few years and its always a nice trip back in time! One day I’ll get to see the July 4th celebration!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 12:54h, 04 July Reply

    Hi Scott, thanks for stopping by! I have yet to attend the town’s Independence Day celebration, but I’ve heard it’s wonderful. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra concert and fireworks show is every year on July 3 at Grafton Ponds.

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