The Growth Association reaches into neighboring Jersey County to include picturesque Grafton, located at the point where the Illinois River and the Mississippi River converge. It is also a gateway to Pere Marquette State Park.
Grafton is a “Real American River Town” where many changes have been taking place since the days of the paddlewheel steamboats. It has become a favored tourist stop with its antique stores, quaint gift shops, galleries, cozy restaurants, wineries and comfortable bed and breakfasts lining the Great River Road, Grafton’s main street.
Two splendid new subdivisions, Grafton Hills and West Ridge at the Palisades have been developed atop the high bluffs that overlook the city. Both feature prestigious single-family homes on large lots and are amid surrounded woodland hills. Additionally, the new Grafton Harbor Marina and three new condominium complexes are being developed in the river community - Wind Rivers Condominiums, Timber Ridge Condominiums and The Villas at Grafton Harbor.
With a population of approximately 650, Grafton prides itself in having its own 24-hour police protection. Fire protection is provided through QEM fire district located just five miles from the city. Grafton students attend the schools of Jersey Community Unit School District 100, with a brand new elementary school in operation. The doctors and hospitals of Alton and Jerseyville meet the residents’ medical needs.