The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide you with this information on the Grafton Area. Situated at the eastern end of State Highway 60 on Interstate 43 in the heart of Ozaukee County, Grafton offers a personal and economic quality of life that draws people and businesses alike to this crossroads community of well-kept homes, tree lined streets and small town warmth.
Grafton offers a diverse array of stores, shops, restaurants and industrial enterprises along with a variety of recreational activities for the young and the young at heart. Whether its canoeing on the Milwaukee River which flows invitingly through the heart of the Village, a visit to a family farm, biking, golfing or shopping, residents and visitors aren’t at a loss for things to do.
Events sure to please residents and visitors alike are the Grafton Downriver Canoe Race, Holidaze 4th of July Celebration and the regionally famous Grafton Christmas Parade. There are also a variety of church and club festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
With an excellent public school system and three parochial K-4 through 8th grade schools and close proximity to Milwaukee’s post-secondary institutions; along with outstanding police, fire and emergency protection, Grafton is a great place for family, commercial and industrial growth!
Grafton is a dynamic community of over 11,000 in the Heart of Ozaukee County. It is a village with a historical past. The area was first explored in 1670 by two Jesuit priests from Green Bay–Fathers Allouez and Dablon. Until the late 1820’s, the area was occupied by the Potawatomi Indians. In 1839, Timothy Wooden and Jacob Eichler became the first permanent white settlers. The change from raw wilderness to pioneer civilization was accomplished by men like them.
By 1840, development was underway. Towering forests became lumber. Fields produced crops, mainly wheat. The river provided power for grist mill; quarries yielded stone. Hardy men and women created homes and industries and Grafton became a trading center.
Now Grafton continues to progress in harmony with its heritage. Its industries thrive, it is a community of well-kept homes on tree-lined streets; its facilities expand to meet its growing educational, business, religious and family needs. Grafton is great–for living, for working, for getting more out of life.
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