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The town of Grafton is in the southern portion of Grafton County, New Hampshire. The town was initially granted in 1761, but re-granted in 1769, after the terms of the first grant were not met. Like the county, Grafton was named for Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, who was a relative of Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. Grafton was incorporated as a town in 1778. The town’s early economy was based on subsistence farming, small-scale industry, and mining. Several mica mines and granite quarries existed in the area, the most notable being the Ruggles Mine. Grafton is situated within the White Mountain National Forest, north of Rumney, east of Haverhill, and south of Lower Waterford.



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