Mother’s Day Shrine

Grafton, WV

The small railroading town of Grafton was the birthplace of Mother's Day, founded by Miss Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother. The first observed Mother's Day was May 10, 1908 at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. This historic building erected in 1873, is situated at 11 E. Main Street, and now serves as a monument/museum to Mother's Day, and is a registered historic landmark.

The International Mother’s Day Shrine is a 146-year-old landmark of Grafton and is one of the sixteen national historic landmarks in West Virginia. On December 18, 1970, the shrine was named a National Historic Place, and on October 5, 1992, it was added to the National Historic Landmark registry. Then, on June 30, 2007, it was noted as a National United Methodist Historic Site.

Open May - October, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm. Group tours are welcome with advance arrangements. To schedule a tour or request further information, call 304-265-1589. For information on the National Historic Landmark program, contact the Historic Preservation Office at 304-558-0220.

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