Grafton, NH Historical Society

Grafton, NH Historical Society The Grafton, NH Historical Society strives to procure, protect, and share with the public items of historical significance to the Grafton community.
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Our museum is located at 7 Library Road and is open Sundays 2-4 Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

A Reminder! The 12th NH Volunteer Regiment Serenade BandSat Evening June 22nd 7 PM at the E Grafton Union ChurchTurnpike...
06/19/2019

A Reminder! The 12th NH Volunteer Regiment Serenade Band
Sat Evening June 22nd 7 PM at the E Grafton Union Church
Turnpike Rd E Grafton - Donation Only

Presenting historically informed performances of music           from the  American Civil War by the12th NH Volunteer Re...
05/30/2019

Presenting historically informed performances of music from the American Civil War by the
12th NH Volunteer Regiment Serenade Band
Saturday June 22d - 7:00 PM
E Grafton Union Church 80 Turnpike Rd - Grafton NH 03240

03/17/2019

We are so sad to say Mavis Dodge an active member of our Society passed away recently. She will be missed by us and all who were a part of her life. She was active in restoring the E Grafton Christian Union Church which the town owns now and the Historical Society is renovating, She referred to it as "her church" attending all of the activities that were held in the church as our venue and donating Christmas wreaths for the outside of the door. Sundays when the Museum was open she also took part in taking responsibility of overseeing the museum for the day.
May she rest in peace.

12/28/2018

The Grafton Historical Society 2019 Calendars are available for $10.00 at the following places:
Grafton Town Offices, Grafton Public Library, Frank's Auto Repair, Canaan Hardware, Danbury Country Store.
You may also request a calendar to be mailed to you for $13.00 from Dianne Burrington @ [email protected]

Tomorrow (Saturday), our president, Ken Cushing, will present a history of the Northern Railroad. Come join us!2pm at th...
08/25/2018

Tomorrow (Saturday), our president, Ken Cushing, will present a history of the Northern Railroad. Come join us!

2pm at the East Grafton Union Church.

Free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Our own Andrew Cushing will be in Alexandria Thursday night (6pm) talking about researching your old house. If you've ne...
08/20/2018
Researching Your Old House

Our own Andrew Cushing will be in Alexandria Thursday night (6pm) talking about researching your old house.

If you've never seen our neighbor to the north's town hall, it's worth a visit. The event is free and hosted by the Alexandria Historical Society.

https://nhpreservation.org/events-calendar/researching-your-old-house

Every house has a history, but how do you discover yours? Join the NH Preservation Alliance’s Andrew Cushing  as he explores tools, tricks, and tips for researching your old house. Using a combination of sources – common and uncommon – anyone can start to assemble a fuller history of thei...

Lecture and Demonstration by Steve Gasiorowski of the 12th NH Volunteer Regiment Serenade Band this Saturday at 2pm!This...
06/20/2018

Lecture and Demonstration by Steve Gasiorowski of the 12th NH Volunteer Regiment Serenade Band this Saturday at 2pm!

This presentation will include a brief overview of the development of brass instruments that led to the founding of many town bands in the 1840s-50s. A large number of these bands enlisted in state volunteer regiments that served during the Civil War. Specific information on NH bands and musicians will illustrate the involvement of the bands throughout the war and the resulting "Golden Age of Bands" post-war. Several historic horns will be displayed and a few tunes played for the crowd's entertainment.

Saturday, June 23rd at 2PM

East Grafton Church Union Church on Turnpike Rd

06/07/2018

Contra Dancing in New Hampshire: a NH Humanities program offered by the Friends of the Grafton Library. This Saturday at the town hall, 1pm!

Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls, and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon.

Our neighbors in Danbury are holding an antique tool sale this Saturday!
05/24/2018

Our neighbors in Danbury are holding an antique tool sale this Saturday!

Grafton, NH Historical Society's cover photo
04/14/2018

Grafton, NH Historical Society's cover photo

Looking for last minute Christmas gifts? Our 2018 calendars are great for history fans, railroad fans, and Grafton lover...
12/21/2017

Looking for last minute Christmas gifts? Our 2018 calendars are great for history fans, railroad fans, and Grafton lovers. Only $8!

You can pick them up at the Grafton Country Store, Danbury Country Store, Grafton Library, Canaan Hardware, or at the town offices. (You can also ask us and we can arrange to send it to you!)

Grafton, NH Historical Society's cover photo
12/21/2017

Grafton, NH Historical Society's cover photo

We're happy to announce that we received a $24,000 matching grant from LCHIP today! This will be used to complete the ex...
12/04/2017

We're happy to announce that we received a $24,000 matching grant from LCHIP today! This will be used to complete the exterior of the carding mill by 2019.

Combined with income from the Race to Save the Mill, pledged volunteer labor/materials, and a recent contribution from the Brundage Foundation, we're 83% of the way toward our $48,000 goal.

Consider donating to the Historical Society before the end of 2017...let's make some Christmas magic happen.

Go on a pictorial voyage to Vietnam aboard the USS Joseph Hewes on Veterans Day. Our president, Ken Cushing, will presen...
11/10/2017

Go on a pictorial voyage to Vietnam aboard the USS Joseph Hewes on Veterans Day. Our president, Ken Cushing, will present on his time in the US Navy at the East Grafton Union Church, tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm. Free!

Tonight!
08/14/2017

Tonight!

Mark your calendars! We're welcoming two masters of Scottish song on Monday, August 14 at the East Grafton Union Church. It's bound to a be a great night!

Mark your calendars! We're welcoming two masters of Scottish song on Monday, August 14 at the East Grafton Union Church....
07/28/2017

Mark your calendars! We're welcoming two masters of Scottish song on Monday, August 14 at the East Grafton Union Church. It's bound to a be a great night!

Notice anything different? (The windows. It's the windows.) We're fitting them to size and they'll be installed for good...
07/05/2017

Notice anything different? (The windows. It's the windows.) We're fitting them to size and they'll be installed for good soon!

We're excited to announce that two historic markers have been installed in Grafton! Go ahead and read up about Dr. Barne...
06/08/2017

We're excited to announce that two historic markers have been installed in Grafton! Go ahead and read up about Dr. Barney and Bungtown!

A sneak peek of the stenciling happening inside the East Grafton Union Church! We're wrapping up the restoration and exp...
05/03/2017

A sneak peek of the stenciling happening inside the East Grafton Union Church! We're wrapping up the restoration and expect to have an open house in June.

The former Joseph Flagg Tavern and (later) the spiritual retreat known as El Nathan.
05/03/2017

The former Joseph Flagg Tavern and (later) the spiritual retreat known as El Nathan.

Tonight!
04/22/2017

Tonight!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22! We'll host our annual ham and bean supper at the Grafton Town Hall. Lots of delicious food, and of course, dessert!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22! We'll host our annual ham and bean supper at the Grafton Town Hall. Lots of ...
04/06/2017

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22! We'll host our annual ham and bean supper at the Grafton Town Hall. Lots of delicious food, and of course, dessert!

POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW! Now on June 10th.This Saturday at 1:00 at Millbrook Church, our friends at the library are hostin...
03/30/2017

POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW! Now on June 10th.

This Saturday at 1:00 at Millbrook Church, our friends at the library are hosting a NH Humanities Council talk about the Hutchinson Singers - the rock stars of the 19th century. It should be great (and it's free!).

Don't forget to learn about the Sheep Boom this Saturday at 1:00, at the Millbrook Church!We'll have a table with photos...
02/22/2017

Don't forget to learn about the Sheep Boom this Saturday at 1:00, at the Millbrook Church!

We'll have a table with photos and history of sheep farming in town, plus updates on our carding mill!

Our friends at the library are hosting this fan-favorite talk about NH's sheep boom by Steve Taylor. Saturday, Feb. 25th at 1pm at Millbrook Church. See you there!

Our friends at the library are hosting this fan-favorite talk about NH's sheep boom by Steve Taylor. Saturday, Feb. 25th...
02/02/2017

Our friends at the library are hosting this fan-favorite talk about NH's sheep boom by Steve Taylor. Saturday, Feb. 25th at 1pm at Millbrook Church. See you there!

Grafton, NH Historical Society's cover photo
12/07/2016

Grafton, NH Historical Society's cover photo

Our 2017 calendars are out! Available for purchase at the Grafton Library, town offices, tax collector's office, Danbury...
11/29/2016

Our 2017 calendars are out! Available for purchase at the Grafton Library, town offices, tax collector's office, Danbury Country Store, and the Grafton Country Store. $8.

Today, we thank all the veterans in our lives and communities. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We also celebra...
11/11/2016

Today, we thank all the veterans in our lives and communities. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We also celebrate Grafton's 238th birthday! (Pictured here is the American Legion's float in 1961's Old Home Day parade.)

Last week, we added the turbine pit's roof to the mill. It's been a long time missing, but it definitely helps keep out ...
10/03/2016

Last week, we added the turbine pit's roof to the mill. It's been a long time missing, but it definitely helps keep out the elements. Just in time for the Race to Save the Mill on Saturday.

Friends - we're looking for old glass for our carding mill windows. Any size. Glass still in the sash is fine, too. We c...
09/23/2016

Friends - we're looking for old glass for our carding mill windows. Any size. Glass still in the sash is fine, too. We can even come and pick it up.

This week starts the floor refinishing at the East Grafton Church. We imagine the floorboards are happy to have the adhe...
09/08/2016

This week starts the floor refinishing at the East Grafton Church. We imagine the floorboards are happy to have the adhesive off!

09/04/2016
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The town-wide yard sale is now October 1:

Sorry everyone we have to change the date of the yard sale to Oct 1st.
Grafton Town-Wide
Yardsale & BBQ!!!
Saturday Oct 1st, 2016
8:00am - 3:00pm
$10 to get on the map
OR
$10 for a space at the
Recreaction Field
Call 523-9902 with questions, leave a message. To get on the map either stop in the town office and pay the $10 & leave address; or mail check payable to Grafton recreation po box 299, with address for yardsale,by sept 25. For a space on the field check in at the cook shack and pay for your space. For info: call 523-9902 Grafton, NH 10/1

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11 Library Rd
Grafton, NH
03240

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Suffragist, Club Woman, Lecturer, Musician and Poet: Ola Maude (Gordon) Roby of Bristol, New Hampshire (1868-1927) http://www.cowhampshireblog.com/2020/08/24/suffragist-club-woman-lecturer-musician-and-poet-ola-maude-gordon-roby-of-bristol-new-hampshire-1868-1927/
Greetings. I own a piece of property ~ 100 acres in Grafton off Quigs Road (a Class VI road) that connects with Kinsman to the north and Bluberry Hill Rd to the East. There are two old foundations I've found on the property identified by the red circles on the pictures. There are dug wells next to each, and the outline of a barn on one of them (haven't found the barn on the other). The property is surrounded by stone walls. I'm VERY interested in any information about the original owners of this property and the original structures. Thanks!!
Hi, I’m an artist and writer, based in Cincinnati, and I’m beginning a project on round (circular or polygonal) barns in the US (35 states), which involves doing a painting and writing an essay, sort of a way to preserve the history of them before they’re gone. I’ve recently finished The Ohio Barn Project, which involved capturing at least one old barn in each of our 88 counties. Arcadia Press (a division of the History Press) will publish a book on this later this year. The featured paintings are on my website – www.barnart.weebly.com I found a historic barn online and would like to include it in my project. It’s at 430 Rt 10 in Piermont. I tried calling the gift shop next door, but it’s apparently closed. Can you help me with any history about the barn or connect me with the owners?
My great-grandfather was Albert E. Valia (1876-1968) who lived in Grafton most of his life. His daughter, Gladys E. Valia (Decato) was my grandmother. I have Albert's diary from 1916 when he worked on the Northern Railroad. What is the best way to preserve these Grafton Town artifacts? I lost my father, Romeo Decato in 2005 and his brother, Albert in January -- so my story tellers are all gone. Now all I have left are vague memories of their stories (memories of memories). Notice Albert's entry where he mentions working on Bridge 114.
Searching through Ancestry I found that my 3rd great Grandfather was born in Grafton NH. His name was Richard Bethel Son of Stephen And Hannah Bethel. I would like to see documention of this. Are their historical birth records? He was born about 1798.
While hiking Barber Mt in your town a few days ago, we came across a small, polished-granite tablet at the summit that was lying loosely on the ground and propped against a rock. It was engraved “In Memory of Alfred ‘Bud’ Therrien / 1935 – 1970”. I haven't found anything on the internet about him. Can anyone please shed any light as to who he was and how he was associated with this mountain?
I just wanted to put a bug in your ear. We just has a raffle to benefit a coworker. They got a book of $10 instant tickets and sold 500 chances at $20 a chance. They made over $9000. I am not friends with anyone on the church rehab project,but was a easy sell on the tickets. That is a good return for a raffle and a 1-500 chance to win is good odds. Just a thought.....this was sent to me by Eileen.💕💕
Hi Gang, Just want to share this with you all. It was sent to me by Eileen, It sounds like and easy fund raiser...............I just wanted to put a bug in your ear. We just had a raffle to benefit a coworker. They got a book of $10 instant tickets and sold 500 chances at $20 a chance. They made over $9000. I am not friends with anyone on the church rehab project,but was a easy sell on the tickets. That is a good return for a raffle and a 1-500 chance to win is good odds. Just a thought.💕💕💕
Jennie Joyce, Selectwoman with Frank Kimball, Recipient of the Boston Post Cane Replica as eldest citizen in Grafton NH
Presentation of the Boston Post Cane by Jennie Joyce, Selectwoman and Steve Darrow Selectman/State Rep. to our eldest citizen in Grafton, Frank Kimball
Last night (July 7th) someone stole a large plastic coca cola sign that was hung at the end of Prescott Hill Road along Route 4 (next to the town's Independence Day pepsi sign) that belonged to the Grafton Family Riding Club. It's incredibly disheartening that someone would steal from the town's family horse back riding club especially something that we use to advertise the shows for newcomers to know where to turn to get to us. We are a not-for- profit club who gives every cent taken in from our shows right back to the members (we charge no membership fee to keep it affordable for everyone to come and enjoy our shows) in our day end and year end prizes. What people do not know is that a lot of the club needs/arena needs/year end prizes if the club doesn't have enough in the bank account comes directly out of my own pocket and like many others in Grafton I live "paycheck to paycheck" so to say. To you it might just be a large plastic sign that I'm not sure what you'll do with considering it was lettered with "GRAFTON FAMILY RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW TODAY" but to me it's having to take away from handing out some prizes to the wonderful people who spend their 7 Sunday's with GFRC from June thru September, or having to go without something personally so that I can pay to replace it. If you took the sign and read this please do the right thing and return it no questions asked. If you want to be left anonymous you can put it in a plastic bag and leave it on the Grafton Police Department door. Thank you.
Please everyone share this, & come spend the day in Grafton, NH!