The 6 Best Things to Do in Grafton, United States

December 21, 2017 Merry Kessler

Grafton is a city in — and the county seat of — Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 5,164 at the 2010 census. Both of West Virginia's national cemeteries are located in Grafton. Mother's Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908 and the city is home to the International Mother's Day Shrine. Grafton was one of the first places to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Grafton originally developed as a junction point for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, serving numerous branches vital to the local coal industry.
Restaurants in Grafton

1. Tygart Lake State Park

Box 260 RR 1, Grafton, WV 26354-0260 +1 304-265-6144
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Tygart Lake State Park

Reviewed By jennilynn574 - bridgewater, nj

Gorgeous views of the lake , nice and clean state park , lots of deer roaming around , old fashioned pay phones, nice place

2. Grafton National Cemetery

431 Walnut St, Grafton, WV 26354-1748 +1 304-265-2044
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Grafton National Cemetery

Reviewed By momofscooby - Scott Depot, West Virginia

Traveled through the cemetery close to sunset and the views were amazing. The white headstones were a sad reminder of what sacrifices our soldiers make daily for us to enjoy such peaceful surroundings.

3. The International Mother's Day Shrine

11 E Main St, Grafton, WV 26354-1322
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The International Mother's Day Shrine

Reviewed By Paul S - Marion

The Methodist Church building is only open seasonally for limited hours, but there is no fee to view the grounds with the Mothers Day statue, and the plaque on the church door and other signage explaining the history of vthe holiday. I found it interesting that a Dr. Howard was pastor at the time and preached the first mothers day sermon because my own pastor is a Dr. Howard also. Also interesting is that Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington state happened to hear the mothers day sermon and was prompted to found Fathers Day so West Virginia is responsible for honoring both parents. Anna Jarvis, the founder of mothers day, is honored at her birthplace museum not far down the road.

4. Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum

Route 2, Grafton, WV 26354 +1 304-265-5549
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum

Reviewed By Wendy1974 - Ottawa, Canada

This was the highlight of my trip. It was all about the lady who invented Mother's Day. We got a guided tour of the house she grew up in. Olive, the lady who gave us the tour was very nice and was able to answer any questions we had. Chidren and adults alike will enjoy this. You can take pictures and the cost is only $5. It takes about an hour. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs.

5. Arts and Treasures

40 W Main St, Grafton, WV 26354-1351 +1 304-265-5485

Arts and Treasures is Grafton's most unique shopping experience and a destination for area travelers. In addition to primitive and rustic home decor and custom built furnishings from local resources, at Arts and Treasures you will be at the center of community redevelopment efforts and will be warmly welcomed by Tom and Donna Hart. We also offer monthly project classes and much more.

6. Valley Falls State Park

WV +1 304-367-2719
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Valley Falls State Park

Scenic park in Marion County that shows the grandeur of the wild Tygart Valley River flowing through steep canyons.

Reviewed By E1447ILkellyp - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Just a short drive away for me and a nice place to spend an afternoon. Good for hiking and/or just sitting and watching the falls. I got to see a kayaker shoot the falls on my recent visit. It is absolutely gorgeous in the fall, just note that the rest rooms close for the season, so plan ahead for that!

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