City of Grafton
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One of the oldest places in Jersey County, this river town was once a major fishing and boat manufacturing center. Many of the landing craft that went ashore on D-Day were built here and ferried to New Orleans in transit to Europe. At the confluences of the Illinois and Mississippi, Grafton sits under the bluffs on the Great River Road. Three wineries call Grafton home, as do flea markets, antique ships, terrific food and festivals. The historic Ruebel Hotel offers guests a touch of the past. Don't miss Wild West Weekend and be sure to attend the annual Tow Boat Festival in June.