Grafton, New Hampshire

Grafton, New Hampshire, Ruggles Mine

Ruggles Mine in Grafton, NH

Grafton, NH is located in the county of Grafton, along the Route 4 corridor, about a 35 minute drive east of Lebanon, NH. A small town, Grafton home to roughly 1,300 residents. Grafton’s residents enjoy quiet country living, while still within comfortable driving distance to shopping centers and employment hubs.

The Town of Grafton, New Hampshire

About Grafton

The town of Grafton, NH rests in the southern part of Grafton, County. To the west of Grafton along Rt. 4, you’ll find Canaan, Enfield and Lebanon, New Hampshire — to the south and east it is bound by the county line and neighbored by Danbury, NH and to the north by Orange and Alexandria.

Like many other Upper Valley towns, Grafton was granted in 1761. After being re-granted in 1769, Grafton was incorporated by Governor Wentworth in 1778. Once home to a mining boom, Grafton once produce incredible amounts of mica and other minerals from various mines scattered throughout town.

Situated on 42+ square miles of land, Grafton boasts destinations such as Ruggles Mine, Melvin Mountain, Grafton Pond and the last leg of the Northern Rail Trail in Grafton County.

Activities in Grafton, NH

The only notable mine that continues to operate is Ruggles Mine. While it’s no longer being mined, the tunnels and pits provide visitors with a spectacle, and they can keep what minerals they find too! If you’re visiting or passing through, Ruggles Mine is a must visit place to explore, whether by yourself or with your family. The views from the top of the hill are amazing and you’ll be stunned by the mine itself.

Grafton Pond, Grafton NH

Grafton Pond

Grafton Pond is a favorite summer hang out for residents as it offers plenty of outdoor activities. While it is a protected pond and loon nesting site, the public is allowed to use Grafton pond to fish, swim and use boats with engines 6 horsepower or less, as well as non-motorized water craft. Grafton Pond is classified as a warm water fishery and contains fish such as smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, sunfish, and brown bullhead. Note that fishing in New Hampshire requires the proper fishing license, please visit or call the town office for more information.

Calling Grafton Home

Not unlike Canaan, NH, Grafton also has no zoning regulations, which eliminates a lot of the red tape from local government when you’re starting or moving a business to the town. Many small businesses, artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs decide to open their business in these types of towns due to less regulation and costs. Grafton, NH is also known for it’s low tax rate, which very attractive if you’re looking to buy a home in the Upper Valley.

Residents of Grafton will find themselves traveling about 30 to 40 minutes to major shopping areas. Most people however, enjoy the small town feel, grow their own garden or shop locally with local farmers for meat, fruits and vegetables. It’s a great way to keep your money circulating within the community.

Grafton has a very small population and plenty of land. Homes in Grafton are often situated on acreage of wooded lots as well as lots with plenty of fields. The median home value in Grafton, NH is about $148,000. Although there are larger estates in Grafton, this is a very affordable place to live.

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Andrew Eaton

Andrew is a New England native and has spent the past 15 years in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. He is a marketing guru and freelance blogger who loves all things Upper Valley.

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