Located in the mountains of southern Vermont, Grafton is one of the prettiest villages in New England. Its quaint streets are lined by a range of beautiful historic buildings that have been meticulously restored by its residents with the help of the Windham Foundation. While the town looks today much like it did in the past, it does not feel like a museum - it is lively and very active, with trails, parks, shops and galleries.
1.Grafton Village Cheese
Grafton Village Cheese Company is a cheesemaker in the town of Grafton in Vermont. producing hand-crafted aged cheddar cheese. The company started in 1892 as Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, founded to process surplus local milk. The fire put the original company out of business. In the mid-1960s, the Windham Foundation helped restore it as part of its mission to "preserve the vitality of Vermont's rural communities". Grafton's cheddar cheese is free of synthetic hormones and is made from cow milk from small Vermont family farms. The best known Grafton cheese is their block cheddar, made first in 40-pound blocks and then cut to sales sizes. Grafton Village Cheese opened in 2008 a new production plant in Brattleboro. Set in a 2,500-square-foot barn-like building, it includes a full-service artisanal cheese shop with more than 70 types of cheeses, as well as wine, Vermont microbrews, artisanal bread, maple products and other gourmet foods.
533 Townshend Rd, Grafton, VT 05146, Phone: 802-843-2255
2.Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center
Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center is a year-around recreation center in historic Grafton Village, Vermont. In the winter, the Center offers 15 kilometers of Nordic skiing, 15 kilometers of snowshoeing and a 600-foot tubing run. The Center has the latest grooming equipment to keep trails in excellent condition. There is a base lodge that offers lessons and rentals. In the summer, the Center offers hiking, mountain biking, canoe trips, swimming, and a week-long kids’ summer camp. The camp welcomes kids age 6 to 15. The Center organizes frequent special events, such as weekly wine and cheese snowshoe tours in the winter and hiking tours in the summer.
783 Townshend Rd, Grafton, VT 05146, Phone: 802-843-2400
3.Grafton Historical Society
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The Grafton Historical Society of Grafton, Massachusetts was founded in 1964 with a mission to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Grafton, Massachusetts through the collected exhibits such as books, manuscripts, papers, genealogical records, paintings, photographs, and everyday artifacts. The Society’s office and museum are located on the Town Common, in the Lower Level of the Grafton Town House. The Society offers a range of educational programs and its main event is the annual “Antiques & Arts Fair” held on the third Saturday in June. Exhibits are rotated annually. The museum’s gift shop sells wool fat soaps, bees wax candles, books, Henderson Redware, items from Cooperman Fife & Drum and more.
P.O. Box 202, 147 Main St, Grafton, VT 05146, Phone: 802-843-2584
4.The Nature Museum
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Established in 1996, The Nature Museum is located in Grafton, Vermont. Its collections interpret the natural history of northern New England, with permanent and temporary exhibits on local plants, animals and geology. Besides interactive exhibits, the museum has hand-painted dioramas and mounted plant and animal specimens. Visitors can crawl through an underground bear den, watch the real honeybees in their glass hive or dig for fossils. The Nature Museum also offers science, nature and environmental education programs for all ages. The Museum is surrounded by a lush garden with native plants, a frog pond where visitors can continue their exploration. Behind the Museum are the trailheads of the Village Park trails, a shady trails that meander through the forest.
186 Townshend Rd, Grafton, VT 05146, Phone: 802-843-2111
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