Forestdale Cemetery Association est. 1784

In and around Forestdale you will find a two story house, built in 1830, known as the Orange Smalley-Thomas Davenport Shop, the birthplace of the electric motor. You will find Vermont’s oldest iron smelter, built in 1824, which produced pig iron, cast stoves, cooking pots, chains, axes, tools, and cannons. Preceding these significant Industrial Revolution milestones, the Forestdale Cemetery Association was founded in 1784. The three Rogers Brothers, George, Willie, and Hurbert were buried there side-by-side in the early 1860s. Rebbecca Cullen, wife of Elder A. F. Dempsey was buried in 1880 with an open book symbol on her marker. The Association’s welcome sign invites you to “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints and flowers”.

Feature Story

Harley Alfred Rowe
Harley Alfred Rowe, born in Bethel, Windsor County, Vermont on October 16, 1866, was one of four children of Lyman Pratt Rowe and Cornelia A.E. Whitmore. In 1870, Harley was living at home with his parents in Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont. At this time, at the age of three years, he was called “Charles A.” By 1880, 14 year old Harley was a farm laborer and a servant living on a farm in Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont with Philip Cloys, a farmer, and his family. In 1888, Harley A. Rowe was residing in Salisbury, Addison County, Vermont where he was employed in a wood pulp manufacturing mill on the Leicester River... Read on...

We Need a Secretary!

As per the bylaws: The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings, issue announcements, handle mailings unless otherwise arranged, conduct secretarial correspondence. Please contact our president, Tom Giffin.


July at the Vermont Historical Society

Whether you're casually interested in Vermont history, keen to experience bygone eras, or passionate about telling stories about Vermont's past, the Vermont Historical Society has programs for you! Click here for details on these great programs at the VHS.

July 3 - Montpelier Community Day & Parade
July 7 - Mountaineers play ball with Vermont Historical Society!
July 11 - Second Saturday: Bruce Venter & The Battle of Hubbardton
July 24 and 25 - Barre Heritage Festival & Parade