We left Zion National Park and headed to Grafton.
There were some nice views along the way.
Our first official stop was the Grafton Cemetery.
The cemetery was restored in 1997. Maybe that’s why the graves look kind of fresh???
The cemetery was mostly devoted to the Moses Gibson and his many wives.
There were graves of small children as well.
The site that stood out the most, was the fenced in white stone grave with the inscription, “Robert M. Berry Killed by Indians”.
The story goes that Robert Berry was killed on his way back from Berryville, Utah, the city his parents founded. The story goes that Robert Berry was killed in retaliation for the killing of Native Americans by some of the Mormon Militia. The militia killed the Native Americans in retaliation for a farmstead that was raided and the farmers were found dead. A harsh reminder of the troubled past our country.
We left the cemetery and headed to the town. The church and a couple of houses had been restored.
Seeing the old farms set against the beautiful mountain makes it seem like a nice quiet life, but the history shows us quite the contrary.
Once we exhausted our curiosities, we decided to brave the shuttles of Zion National Park.
After leaving Zion, we went to Capitol Reef National Park. Read about our time at Capitol Reef National Park here.