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Andover in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Finnish Immigrants in Vermont

 
 
Finnish Immigrants in Vermont Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dennis Gilkenson, October 22, 2022
1. Finnish Immigrants in Vermont Marker
Inscription.  
Between 1910 and 1940 a significant number of Finnish immigrants settled in Andover and surrounding towns. By the late 1920s more than 30 Finnish families lived in Andover, and East Hill Road became known as “Finn Hill.” Drawn to the area by affordable and established farmsteads, they organized a Finnish Farmers’ Cooperative to purchase farm equipment to be shared by members. Many families built a freestanding sauna (SOW-nah) behind their farmhouse, preferably near a stream or pond. In these small log or wood frame buildings, bursts of steam called löyly (LOH-luh) are created by splashing water onto hot rocks heated by a woodstove. Used for both bathing and socializing, the sauna is a centuries-old Finnish cultural tradition.
 
Erected 2020 by Vermont Division for Historical Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ImmigrationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 43° 18.084′ N, 72° 41.706′ W. Marker is in Andover, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is on East Hill Road
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north of Wall Road, on the left when traveling north. Located near the East Hill Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VT 05143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weston Civil War Monument (approx. 5 miles away); Weston Village Historic District (approx. 5 miles away); Weston Korean War – Vietnam War Monument (approx. 5 miles away); Chester Academy / District No. 20 Central School (approx. 5½ miles away); North Chester (approx. 5½ miles away); Merritt Austin Edson (approx. 5½ miles away); Chester Civil War Memorial (approx. 5½ miles away); Chester Vietnam Conflict Monument (approx. 5½ miles away).
 
Wide View of Finnish Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dennis Gilkenson, October 22, 2022
2. Wide View of Finnish Immigrants Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2022, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2022, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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