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 working on the tramp house. Thanks to his work, the society accomplished many of our lingering projects: the worst nine sashes at the Pines Schoolhouse were taken out and restored, the East Grafton Union Church’s front doors were restored, the tramp house got an exterior restoration, and our two mile stretch of Route 4 received a clean-up (18 bags worth of trash!). Grafton will also receive two historic markers in the spring, assuming their nominations are approved by the state. These will be Grafton’s first markers and they will commemorate Dr. J. Sarah Barney (one of NH’s first female physicians) and the mystery of Wild Meadows Road (where, in 1905, a missing toddler spurred the largest manhunt in state history).
Andrew’s internship was required as part of his Master’s degree in historic preservation down at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is finishing up his second year.
You can read about Andrew’s work in the Valley News.