Grafton is home of the first National Military Cemetery in West Virginia. Established in 1867, it is the final resting place for 1,215 soldiers, 664 of whom are unknown, from the War Between the States. Private T. Bailey Brown, the first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate, is buried here.Veterans of other wars, Including the...more
This small park in downtown Grafton is dominated by a caboose which once ran through Grafton on the B&O Railroad. Vistiors can tour the caboose and also read interpretative displays which tell of the importantce of the Railroad to the development of Grafton. Heritage Park was dedicated in May, 1992 as a project of Main Street Grafton.more
Grafton's stately B & O Railroad Station was erected in 1911 along the mainline of tracks that cut a path west through the Appalachian Mountains. Carrying hundreds of passengers and freightcars in and out of the Grafton yards, the B & O Railroad expanded the town into a small retail and industrial center. IThe tallest building in Grafton, the seven...more
The most notable grave in the Grafton National Cemetery is that of Private T. Bailey Brown, a Union soldier who was the first casualty of the War Between the States.On May 22, 1861, Brown, a member of the Grafton Guards, was on his way back home to Grafton, after being in nearby Pruntytown to recruit forces for the Union army. With him was another...more
On the grounds of the Mother's Day Shrine you will see this statue called "Mother with Children." The sculpture is the work of William Douglas Hopen. It was presented as a gift from the West Virginia Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa in 1982. You can see the statue on the north side of the Shrine, in a parklike setting.more
Of all the attractions in Grafton, perhaps the most popular and best known is the International Mother's Day Shrine.The Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Grafton holds the distinction of being the Mother Church of Mother's Day. The first Mother's Day observance was held here in 1908, and soon spread to become an international holiday....more
After taking a driving tour around Grafton, Jerry's Restaurant and Lounge appeared to me to have the most vehicles in their parking lot at dinner time, so I followed the crowd.
The service was friendly and the country fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans which I ordered hit the spot. I struck up a conversation with a couple of local folks who were at the table next to me. They were happy to share a lot of useful information about the local area, it's history, and things to see and do.
Jerry's is open 24/7.
The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum is located in the village of Webster, four miles south of Grafton on U.S. Highways 119 & 250. Through Anna Jarvis' efforts, President Woodrow Wilson designated, in 1914, the second Sunday in May to be "Mother's Day."Anna Jarvis was born in this two story wooden house on May 1, 1864. The house was built by Anna's...more
Just 7.4 miles south of Grafton is beautiful Tygart Lake State Park. It is a magnet for boating and fishing enthusiasts and also a favorite for nature lovers of all types.The park is nestled in the the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Its centerpiece, 1,740-acre Tygart Lake. was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1938. Overlooking the...more
Taylor County, in north-central West Virginia, was formed in 1844 from Harrison, Barbour, and Marion counties in what was then the state of Virginia. It was named for Senator John Taylor, distinguished statesman, soldier, and patriot of Caroline County, Virginia. Taylor County has a population of about 16,000.
Notice my white Ford F-150 pickup truck parked in front of the courthouse. That truck has taken me all over the USA, and you'll see it in a few of my pictures on various pages.
Taylor County, West Virginia
214 West Main Street
Grafton, WV 26354