Introduction to Grafton, Massachusetts
Grafton, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 7 miles SE of Worcester, Massachusetts and 33 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Worcester metropolitan area. Grafton contains a population of approximately 14,894.
Grafton was originallty a 'Praying Indian' village and was known as Hassanamessit, or Hassanamisco. The Nipmuc tribes were the original inhabitants. In 1718, it was first settled by Europeans, and has contributed significantly to the progress and success of the American Industrial Revolution of 1793. The town was incorporated on April 18, 1735. During the Cold War, the town of Grafton was famous for being a strategic nuclear target. The Wyman Gordon Company that installed the largest metal forge at that time is also located in North Grafton. The town was named after Charles Fitzroy, the Duke of Grafton.
Grafton and nearby Attractions
- Lake Ripple
- White City Amusement Park in Shrewsbury
- Brigham Hill Wildlife Area and Brigham Hill Preserve
- Gebelein Sanctuary
Things To Do In Grafton
Grafton has a lot to offer if you enjoy hiking and wildlife. The town also includes a number of historical sites, amusement parks and other entertainment options. One can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating in Grafton.
The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International.
Grafton Higher Education
College of the Holy Cross serves the area.