Restoration Complete at East Grafton Union Church

Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Restoration Complete at East Grafton Union Church

After years of hard work and intense fundraising, the Grafton Historical Society is pleased to say that our $84,000 restoration of the East Grafton Union Church is complete. Drainage around the perimeter has been installed (and works!), the granite capstones have been relayed, the sills and rotted joists have been replaced, the cellar now includes […]

2016 Recap

Posted on Dec 31, 2016
2016 Recap

As we look forward to 2017, let’s recap all the projects that were accomplished in 2016. It was a very busy year for our small group of volunteers, but we are pleased with the progress made at the East Grafton Union Church and the carding mill. Those projects are outlined below. Many of these updates […]

More Carding Mill Progress

Posted on Nov 17, 2015
More Carding Mill Progress

2015 was a big year for the carding mill: In the spring, loads of fill and boulders were delivered by Bobby Senter of Razor Hill Excavation. This enabled access to the main floor of the mill building, which had previously been separated from the road by a deep gully. We then regraded the land on […]

An Intern’s Summer in Grafton

Posted on Aug 25, 2015
An Intern’s Summer in Grafton

Thanks to the NH Charitable Founation, the Grafton Historical Society was able to host a hometown intern this summer. Andrew Cushing spent ten weeks in Grafton performing a variety of tasks. You may have seen Andrew out and about – mowing lawns, cutting brush at the parsonage, building retaining walls at the carding mill, or […]

$1,000 Raised in 3rd Annual Race to Save the Mill

Posted on Oct 13, 2014
$1,000 Raised in 3rd Annual Race to Save the Mill

Though the thermometer reading 34 degrees the morning of October 11th may have scared some individuals, dozens of runners and supporters nevertheless trekked to Grafton for the 3rd Annual Race to Save the Mill. Several familiar faces and many more new faces ran and walked the 5K or 8K route and enjoyed the homemade lunch […]

3rd Annual Race to Save the Mill on October 11th

Posted on Aug 27, 2014
3rd Annual Race to Save the Mill on October 11th

New Hampshire’s best little race returns! Day-of registration will begin at 10am on Saturday, October 11th. The Race to Save the Mill raises money to help restoration efforts at Hinkson’s Carding Mill, an 1823 mill on the banks of Mill Brook in East Grafton. (History of the mill can be found here.) Listed to the […]

Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation Bolsters Restoration Efforts

Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation Bolsters Restoration Efforts

We are pleased to share good news regarding the fundraising efforts toward the East Grafton Union Church. Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation recently awarded the historical society $5,000 in its latest community grant round. We are extremely grateful for this news, as we are closing in on our fundraising goal of $89,000. Combined with an LCHIP […]

Supping and Singing in Grafton

Posted on Apr 19, 2014
Supping and Singing in Grafton

April 12th’s ham and bean supper was a successful fundraiser for the historical society, resulting in over $800 for the restoration of the East Grafton Union Church. That money will help the society match the $42,000 LCHIP grant received in January. Combined with a recent $7,000 grant award from the Byrne Foundation, there is approximately […]

Historical Society Receives $42,000 LCHIP Grant

Posted on Jan 7, 2014
Historical Society Receives $42,000 LCHIP Grant

A press release held Monday, January 6th in Concord confirmed a secret that historical society members had known since mid-December: Grafton received its first ever grant from New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. The $42,000 LCHIP grant will allow for critical restoration efforts at the East Grafton Union Church, namely repairs to the […]

Race to Save the Mill Results

Posted on Oct 19, 2013
Race to Save the Mill Results

2013’s Race to Save the Mill is complete; thanks to all who showed up in support of this important fundraiser! The weather was overcast and cool, the food warm and delicious, and the camaraderie great. Our society is convinced that this is New Hampshire’s greatest little race. In total, 24 runners participated and together raised […]