Thursday, June 9, 2011

1875 Fowler's Orchard

Throughout the early history that has been written about Fowlerville, references have been made to Fowler's Orchard.  From all indications, this orchard would have been located about where the old water tower (taken down about five years ago) stood at North Ann and Power streets.  It is now the parking lot area used by the Farmer's Market in the summertime. 

Back in the mid-to-late 1800s, it would appear the orchard area was used extensively for picnics, patriotic gatherings, and numerous other meetings.  The following blurb was found in old issue of The Fowlerville Review to give an example of at least one of its get-togethers:

The Spiritualists and Liberalists, of Fowlerville and vicinity, will hold a grove meeting on Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th, in Mr. Fowler's orchard, which will be conducted by Dr. Spinney and others.  Provisions will be made for any living at a distance and all of whatever faith are invited to attend.

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