'Built by Peter Pettengill in 1820 of bricks made by himself and his son, Abbott. Located on the old road through "Middle-of-the-town."
The Tavern as enlarged and improved by Francis and Harlan Phelps.
The purpose of this educational, non-profit society is to bring together those persons interested in history, and especially in the history of Grafton, Vermont; to discover and collect any material such as books, papers, manuscripts, genealogical records, paintings, photographs, and artifacts illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past and present pertinent to the history of Grafton, Vermont. The Society shall provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it; shall cooperate with the town officials to ensure the preservation of the town's records and archives; and shall cooperate in an effort to preserve historic buildings, monuments and markers. The Society may disseminate historical information through the media or newspapers, radio, and television and may hold public meetings with historical programs. The Society shall cooperate with the state and county historical societies.
The Historical Society does far more than run a museum: its board works on such diverse projects as presenting entertaining and educational programs, taping oral history, keeping files on historic houses, computerizing accession records, tracing genealogies, mapping cellar holes and old roads, working with teachers and elementary school students, and publishing books and pamphlets.