• Call for Artists for Grafton's Art in the Park 2015

    Call for Artists (Grafton Art in the Park 2015)

    The Grafton Art in the Park is a two-day event (Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12 - 13) that showcases quality art projects. All work MUST be handmade or Fine Art completed by the artist. Artwork from kits NOT accepted. Artist must be present with their work for the duration of the ...

  • Grafton's Historic Walking Tour

    Grafton's Historic Walking Tour

    Officially founded in 1836, Grafton's prime location on the river necessitated a boat construction industry. Resting under the Mississippi River bluffs, quarrying was also a lucrative industry. Tons of magnesian limestone was found here, making the quarries one of the richest and most ...

  • Relax at Grafton's Many Wineries

    Relax at Wineries

    There’s no better way to appreciate award-winning wines than on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Lounge back at a riverside winery because you have all day to let your chardonnay air out or top off your glass again with a chilled white zinfandel. ...

  • Wedding at Pere Marquette Lodge

    Guest Blogger (Melissa Crockett): Valentine's Day Memory

    I have spent much of the last six months planning and building up to this Friday— Feb. 14 — known to most as Valentine’s Day. But to me it will also be known as my wedding anniversary (and boy will my husband be in big trouble if he forgets our anniversary and Valentine’s Day!).


  • Grafton, Illinois

    The resilience of the town is evident in the bustling tourist community that Grafton has become. Gift shops, antique stores, wineries, guest houses, "hot fish" sandwich stands line Main Street and the riverfront.

  • Grafton, Illinois

    At the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, experience life in a real river town - Grafton, Illinois. The early settlers of Grafton saw the potential of this plat of land at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

  • Confluence of Rivers

    The once thriving riverboat industry in Grafton has become a thing of the past, but you can still see the towboats and barges pushing their way along the Mississippi.

  • Pere Marquette State Park

    If you are looking for outdoor recreation, look no further than Grafton. Pere Marquette State Park, the largest state park in Illinois, is located just west of Grafton. There are hiking trails, opportunities to eagle watch and much more.

  • Grafton Ferry

    The Grafton Ferry, which is open spring through late fall, carries cars and passengers across the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to St. Charles County, Mo.