“A decaying piece of Utah history”
Grafton is a photogenic, partially preserved ghost town located near Rockville, just outside of Zion National Park. It is located along the Smithsonian Butte scenic backway. The old school is fairly well preserved and is often photographed. The old cemetery is also worth visiting. The town was established in 1859 by pioneers attempting to grow cotton along the Virgin River. In June 1997, the Grafton Heritage Partnership was organized to protect, preserve, and restore the Grafton Townsite. With cooperation from former Grafton residents, the Utah State Historical Society, the BLM, the Utah Division of State History, and others, the old church, Russel Home, Louisa Foster Home, the Berry fence in the cemetery, and John Wood home were restored, with new windows, doors, roofing and other structural enhancements to represent the period in which they were built. In addition, 150 acres of farmland were purchased, on which agricultural operations are performed to enhance the farming appearance. The site is under 24 hour surveillance. The partnership is currently looking for a live-in caretaker to oversee the preservation of the townsite.
It's an unusual stop, some of the buildings are inaccessible as they are private property (which is strange for a ghost town) but about half of them you can walk through. They are completely bare as they should be. The road to the town is inaccessible in rain so be aware. The cemetery is worth a visit also. It's not designed to be a tourist attraction (like Calico) but reflects a real ghost town feel; just a few buildings left behind.
A nice historical location of a time long past. The cemetery features a lot of original headstones. Small school house and a few cool fact boards about. Nice and off the beaten track, non-typical-tourist attraction.
A nice stop with a few well preserved buildings. The cemetery is well cared for and walking through the homes was fun to do!
nice area. We liked that the old restored buildings maintained and kept in a good shape. We have made some nice photos there.
totally worth going to if you're in the area. Coolest part is the cemetery with the mountains in the back ground. GNARLY
Only a few buildings but very close to Zion Park -- worth a stop for a quick photo if you're nearby!
A disappointment. We went out of our way to get here. It is interesting, but it's been so restored that it loses something. If you don't have to go out of your way, it's not a terrible stop.
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