Known as the Heart of Ozaukee County, the city of Grafton, Wisconsin sits along the Milwaukee River about twenty miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grafton is also one of the oldest settlements in the Midwest. In 1838, a pioneer named Timothy Wooden purchased 145 acres of land. This land would eventually become the ground upon which the city’s business district was constructed. In 1896, the Village of Grafton was officially incorporated.
One of Grafton’s most endearing features is the 19 parks that span more than 144 acres throughout the city. During the winter, residents can ice skate at Mill Pond and in the summer, listen to free outdoor concerts along the Milwaukee River at Veterans Memorial. Lime-Kiln Park has a disc golf course and an archery range.
Grafton has a musical heritage that dates back to 1929 when musicians started recording blues and jazz at a studio operated by Paramount Records. Grafton celebrates its blues history through the Paramount Blues Festival. In downtown Grafton, the city also honors its musical legacy through the Walk of Fame, which consists of a large keyboard design in Paramount Plaza. The musicians who recorded at Paramount have their names inscribed onto the keyboard design.
Celebrate Grafton, a local non-profit organization, presents annual, free events that bring the community together. Grafton Holidaze features various family activities and an Independence Day Parade. Grillin’ in Grafton is regarded as Wisconsin’s premier BBQ festival that includes a BBQ contest and live music. Pumpkin Fest includes a pumpkin lighting, bike races, family scavenger walk, pumpkin carving contest, and a scarecrow carving contest.