More History: Tidbits
The "Baptist Bridge", a stone bridge over the Quinsigamond River, was used for early church baptisms. (Pleasant Street off Rte. 122)
The "Old Indian Cemetery" marks the resting place of the King Philip's War dead. (Providence Road, Rte. 122 circa 1676)
The Merriam House, now a private residence, was one of the first homes built by an early settler. (Merriam and George Hill Road)
The former Fisherville Mill, burnt to the ground in 1999, was recorded as the first cotton mill of its time in the Blackstone Valley. (Main Street, Rte. 122, South Grafton)
The "Battle of Keith Hill" was fought between the British soldiers and the Indians. (Keith Hill Road, Grafton)
"Kitville" near Silver Lake, received the name because early shoe-making tools - called "kits" - were manufactured there. (Upton Road, Rte.140)
Lordvale area was once the site of the Harry Worcester Smith estate. (Deernholm Road and Brigham Hill Road)
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine is located in the former Grafton State Hospital property. (Westboro Road, Rte.30 and Glen St, N. Grafton)
The Hassanamisco Indian Reservation and slab house on 4 acres of property will remain as perpetual Indian land on Brigham Hill Road.
The Frank Warren house, a pillared early colonial homestead on North Street had one of the best views in Grafton.
The former Grafton Airport was the first active airfield serving the Worcester area is now a community of homes and ball field.
The area between Westboro Road, Rte. 30, and Glen Street was often called "Wildcat Swamp".
The Wyman Gordon plant, eastern headquarters of the largest forging company in America, houses several of the world's largest forging presses.
Headquarters and original plant of Washington Mills Abrasive Company, is said to be the oldest abrasive company in the U.S.
The Willard House and Clock Museum, home workshop of the Willard family of clockmakers was graciously restored by the Robinson family.
The Brigham Home, now a private residence, was an old colonial that once housed a grade school.
The former Worcester farm, now a private residence, was once an early homestead established by John Worcester, an early setter. (Merriam Road)
"Merriam's Hideout", an old rock formation on the westerly side of George Hill Road a short distance from an old bridge over Miscoe Brook is where Joseph Merriam of Concord slept the first night of his stay in the cleft of the rock.
Grafton Center area includes the Town Common Historic District with three churches, the Town House, the Jerome Wheelock Library and statue, the Grafton Inn, the former Flynn block, historic houses and the "Ah, Wilderness" bandstand. The Grafton Inn was once called the Kirby House. The Lakeview Deli inhabits the former Grange Hall, where first high school classes were held.
A meadow on the hillside, on the right of Old Upton Road, was the site of the landing of the first airplane during WWI.
The former Purinton house, now a private residence, includes part of a house moved there - the house where Robert Thomas, founder of the Old Farmer's Almanac, was born. (On the left, Keith Hill Road)
The Blackstone River and former Canal, once a main barge route from Worcester to Providence, RI. From Millbury, the river flows under Depot Street, Farnumsville, into Northbridge and on to Rhode Island. (off Main St., Rte.122., S.Grafton)
Former Grafton High alumni helped assemble this information, including Robert Wilk, class of '62 and Robert E. Wilson. This information is part of the curriculum of the fourth grade class at Grafton Intermediate School. Thanks for the help, especially from Mr. Steve Hammond at G.I.S.. Also, please thank Dick Bolt for his wonderful pictures and histories by checking out Dick Bolt's and Steve Clark's wonderful site.
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