Find Your Share of Culture In and Around Grafton
Grafton Forge Blacksmith is an authentic working blacksmith shop in the heart of town, putting this ancient art and its contemporary applications on display. Blacksmith Aaron Anderson has a line of products that are for sale in the shop.
The Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals, in Grafton, displays Vermont’s own state gems — the green Grossular Garnet — as well as rocks and minerals that have contributed to Vermont’s economic history and a miniature village made entirely of Vermont marble, slate and granite. Open from late May to mid-October.
This fine art gallery displays the work of more than 30 New England artists, showcasing works of oil, pastel and watercolor paintings and sculpture. Spread throughout a restored village home, the bright and spacious gallery also holds a renowned atrium show space.
The Turner Homestead is the first stop on Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail. Alec Turner was an escaped slave who fought for the Union Army before saving up to buy a 150-acre farm in Grafton, Vermont, in 1872. Alec and his wife, Sally, who was also an escaped slave, raised their 13 children on the Turner Homestead.
Art Galleries & Museums
Jud Hartmann Gallery, Grafton, Vt.
For more than 20 years, sculptor Jud Hartmann has focused on depicting the Native American Woodland Tribes of the Northeast in bronze sculpture, many of which can be viewed at his gallery on Main Street in Grafton Village. The artist splits his time between Grafton and Blue Hill, Maine — you can catch him in Grafton in the fall and winter.
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vt.
40 minutes — This contemporary art museum, sited in Brattleboro’s historic train station, offers new exhibits every few months, focusing on thought-provoking, thoughtful collections of art from around the world. An interactive exhibit geared toward children is typically on the roster as well.
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, N.H.
1 hour — Part of Dartmouth College, the Hood Museum has one of the largest and oldest collections of any college or university in the country. Rotating exhibits feature both local and international art, as well as objects collected from all over the world.
Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont, Rutland, Vt.
1 hour – A must-do for fans of the iconic American artist, this museum has a nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell’s work spanning his entire career (including his Vermont years). Art prints and more are also available to purchase at the museum.
The Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor, Vt.
1 hour, 15 minutes — Explore the auspicious history of Vermont marble — used to build the New York Public Library building — at the largest marble exhibit in the world.
American Precision Museum, Windsor, Vt.
45 minutes — This museum preserves the history of mechanical arts and precision manufacturing, held inside a building which once housed a company at the forefront of precision machining, Robbins & Lawrence.
Billings Farm, Woodstock, Vt.
1 hour — A working farm and a step back into the past — Billings Farm recreates a 19th century dairy farm and a piece of Vermont’s rural heritage. Jersey cows, sheep, oxen, and horses reside here, and visitors can get a glimpse of farm life at interpretive and interactive exhibits, plus frequent events and activities!
Calvin Coolidge Homestead, Plymouth Notch, Vt.
45 minutes – Born in Plymouth Notch on the Fourth of July in 1872, President Calvin Coolidge lived through many milestones here, including his inauguration. This historic site preserves the birthplace (and burial place) of the thirtieth president and the village and environs that shaped his life.
Fort Number Four, Charlestown, NH
30 minutes — A living history museum on the site of the northernmost British settlement, focusing on life in the late 1700s during the French and Indian War.
Hildene, Manchester, Vt.
50 minutes – A spectacular mansion built by the son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. A visit to the Hildene estate includes a look inside the Georgian Revival mansion, a restored Pullman car, formal gardens, walking trails, an observatory and more.