Turner Property In Grafton To Be Preserved

Mar 28, 2016

A cabin on the Turner Family homestead in Grafton will be preserved, and  the historic site will get a new access road and information kiosk.

The Preservation Trust of Vermont has been raising the money to conserve the cabin.

African-American storyteller Daisy Turner lived on the property, and preservation trust director Paul Bruhn says the site will be more accessible after the work is done.

"It is a very significant site," says Bruhn. "It's a very important part of the African-American Trail in Vermont, and so it's a great story and I think Vermonters and visitors alike will be pleased to learn about it and experience it."

Daisy Turner's father, Alexander, was an escaped slave who moved to Grafton in the early 1870s.

Bruhn says the cabin and property will become an important part of honoring the family's heritage.

Daisy Turner died in 1988.

Bruhn says he hopes work on the road will be done this year, while the scope of work for the cabin is still under negotiations.