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City of Grafton

1 Lincoln Street

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The settlement of Grafton was part of a rapid movement west to the new frontier in the early to mid 1700's. The Current Family, one of Grafton's first residents, were late seventeenth-century Irish immigrants who entered the continent by the way of Maryland. When James Current traded a horse for 1300 acres of virgin land in Virginia it was situated where the City of Grafton, West Virginia is today. His first act was to hire a surveyor from the Eastern part of Virginia to stake his property. This was a young man, 19 years old, who started surveying for fees at the age of 15. He had previously made a survey of Western Virginia. His name: "George Washington". James Current fought in America's Independence against the British and died August 15, 1822 at the age of 92, and his wife, Margaret in 1830 at the age of 93. Their bodies were interred in the cemetery on their plantation which today is a part of the City of Grafton and known as "Bluemont Cemetery", the only Revolutionary War Soldier buried in this municipal cemetery.