Forestdale Cemetery Association est. 1784In 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”.
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...