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Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

"Grafton, a post-town of Worcester co., Mass., about 9 miles S.E. of Worcester, and on the Grafton Centre Railroad (narrow-gauge), 3% miles S.E. of Grafton Station on the Boston & Albany Railroad. It has 5 churches, a national bank, a high school, and extensive manufactures of boots and shoes, cotton, thread, &c. The township is drained by the Blackstone River and its tributaries, which afford water-power. Pop. in 1890, 5002. It contains villages named North Grafton, Fisherville, Farmersville, and Saundersville. From Grafton Station short railroads extend to Millbury and Grafton Centre."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


Grafton was originally occupied by a tribe of Nipmuc Indians and was called Hassanamisco (place of small stones). In 1671, an English missionary named John Eliot, who preached in Hassanamisco, established an Indian church and school here where the Bible was studied in the Indian language. The church and school were located near the current common. Today there is an Indian homestead on Brigham Hill.

In 1724, a group of 39 men and one woman, mainly from Marlborough, Sudbury, Concord, and Stow, presented a petition to the General Court and were granted the right to purchase 7,500 acres of land from Indian owners. The money was to be held in an account under the direction of the General Court for the benefit of the Indians. The Town of Grafton was established in 1735 and named in honor of Charles Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, and grandson of Charles II...


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  • News  1831 - Fell from Steeple
    Ronald Hapgood, being at work on the steeple of a new meeting house in Grafton, Mass. fell from a staging 70 feet from the ground, struck upon the... Read MORE...

  • [Pop. 2,943. Inc. 1735.] 2. GRAFTON.
    Grafton was a tract four miles square, reserved for the Indians, until it was incorporated. In 1671, an Indian church was established here by the ... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Grafton
    This town is composed of a tract of land, 4 miles square, which was reserved for the Indians when the town of Sutton was granted for settlement. It... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    GRAFTON, a township in Worcester co., in Massachusetts, 36 m. SW by W of Boston. Pop. 2,943. A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • 1869 - Women Elected to School Committee
    Two women nominated for School Committee, in Worcester, Mass., were chosen by a handsome majority. A woman was elected to the same office in Grafton, ... Read MORE...

  • Grafton Massachusetts, 1890
    Grafton is an important and prosperous manufacturing and farming town in the southeastern part of Worcester County; the station of the Boston and... Read MORE...

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  • 1916
    Grafton, a banking post-village of Worcester co., Mass., 9 miles SE. of Worcester. The township (town) is drained by the Blackstone River and its... Read MORE...

  • News  1950 - LIGHTNING KILLS MAN AT GRAFTON.
    Worcester, Mass., July 13 (AP) - Lightning killed one man and found its mark on at least five structures in a brief but severe electrical storm that... Read MORE...

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