In 1784, a treaty with the Mississauga Indians ceded a large tract of land along the north shore of Lake Ontario to the British Crown. A number of villages sprang up along the shoreline, one of which was to become the village of Grafton. Originally called Haldimand Corners, the village was located at the junction of Danforth Road, (1800), the road leading southward towards Grafton Harbour, and the surveyed baseline road from Trenton (1790).
Heritage Honoured in Grafton
Grafton probably has more buildings of historic and architectural significance per capita than any town in Ontario. Antique stores abound and just to the west of the town is Barnum House. Build in 1819, this remarkable neoclassical house is now operated as a museum with a variety of displays and activities that bring the area's early history to life.
Be sure to drop in for tea
One of the earliest inns in the area was Glover's Inn, now the Grafton Village Inn. This property was later sold to Edward Pepper, and renamed Pepper's Tavern. It was at a meeting of citizens at the Inn in the early 1800's that the decision was made to rename the village Grafton.
Stretch Your Legs
South of Grafton, the Nawautin Nature Sanctuary and public park allow visitors to enjoy the view over Lake Ontario. Take a break from driving by stretching your legs along the Waterfront Trail.
This branch of the Apple Route takes you to Lakeport, once a thriving port that boasted two mills and four taverns.