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Grafton, Illinois

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David Bagley, a Baptist minister from Virginia passed through the area that is now Grafton, Illinios in 1799. He found it to be a land so vast and filled with luxurious vegetation that he referred to it as the “Land of Goshen”. To this day, the “Land of Goshen” reference is still used to describe Grafton.

The first permanent settler of Madison County was Colonel Samuel Judy in 1801 after receiving a military grant for one hundred acres just north of Judy’s Creek. The Judy property became known as the Goshen Settlement.

The area was gradually settled and renamed Grafton, in reference to the many coal mines that operated in the area from the 1800’s until 1934. Grafton, Illinois incorporated in 1892.

Besides mining, the Grafton area residents worked at the St. Louis brick company until it burnt down in the 1930’s. The Illinois Central Railroad served Grafton, and has been turned into the Ronald J. Foster Sr. Heritage Bike Trail in 1992, one of the first rails to trails programs in the country. The Norfolk Southern line and the CNW Line both served Grafton until 2001. These are now part of the Nickel Plate Bike Trail that runs throughout Grafton.

Before railroads, the people traveled by wagon. The Goshen Road was built as a wagon trail from the Goshen Settlement to the Ohio salt works. The existing Goshen Road in modern day Grafton runs from 159 to 143 and is part of the original road.

Many of the miners and families who once lived in the village are now buried in the Village Cemetery at the intersection of Guy and Center Streets in Old Town Grafton. Prior to 1901, residents of Grafton were buried in neighboring cities, when the Village purchased two acres for the cemetery. A second section was purchased in 1937 and a third in 1970 to make the current cemetery grounds found in the Village of Grafton.

Much can be learned about the history of the Village of Grafton through the engravings on the stones in the cemetery.  One man shot himself after learning that his family had all been killed in an earthquake in Italy. Another family of four was tragically killed when they were struck by a passing train at the Wayside Railroad Crossing in Grafton, Illinois. One year later, another boy on a bicycle was killed by a train.

Harry G. Seaton and Emil Trentaz, veterans of WWI are buried in the Village of Grafton cemetery, where a statue has been erected in their honor. The Grafton Village Board of Trustees voted to add another memorial at the entrance to the cemetery. The Memorial Garden has a seating area around a fountain designed by Noll and Associates from the Garden Kingdom.

Residents and visitors can enjoy the beauty of Grafton by visiting one of the three public parks in the village: Miner Park, Citizen Park and Village Hall Park.

 
 
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