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Grafton (West Virginia) is a city in north central West Virginia. It is the county seat of Taylor County. It is believed to be the location where the first Civil War fatality occurred, when Union private Thornsbury Bailey Brown was shot on May 22, 1861. What put Grafton on the map was the railroad.

But what Grafton is probably best known for is that Mothers Day was founded here in 1908.

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Map of Grafton (West Virginia)

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  • 1 International Mother's Day Shrine, 11 E Main St, +1 304-265-1589. A historic church where Mother's Day was first observed, in the early 1900s. International Mother's Day Shrine (Q6052066) on Wikidata International Mother's Day Shrine on Wikipedia
  • 2 Grafton National Cemetery, 353-401 Walnut St, +1 304-265-2044. Dawn-dusk. Resting place for over 1500 Union and 600 unidentified Civil War military personnel, including Thornsbury Bailey Brown, presumed to be the first Civil War fatality. Grafton National Cemetery (Q5592552) on Wikidata Grafton National Cemetery on Wikipedia
  • B&O Railroad Station, 100 Main St. Historic train depot.
International Mothers Day Shrine
Grafton National Cemetery




  • Lesa's Place, Rt. 50 (W of the tygart river bridge), +1 304-265-1995. Daily 7AM-2PM. Breakfast and lunch. Sandwiches and salads $.



Try a campsite, cabin, or room at the lodge at Tygart Lake State Park.


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Routes through Grafton
ClarksburgBridgeport  W US 50.svg E  RomneyWinchester
New StantonMorgantown  N US 119.svg S  BuckhannonWeston
WheelingFairmont  N US 250.svg S  ElkinsStaunton

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