Vergennes Township in Lowell in Kent County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas
John Wesley Fallas House
John Wesley Fallas built this house in 1842 in the village which bears his family name. Fallas platted the village on land he purchased from the U.S. government in 1839. That year, after a bridge had been built across the Flat River, he constructed a three-story sawmill with a chair factory on the top floor. In 1840 he built the first gristmill in the area next to his sawmill on the river. He used lumber from his sawmill to build this house, the oldest Greek Revival style structure in the township.
John W. Fallas
John Wesley Fallas was born in 1812 at Nelson, New York, where his parents, William and Hannah (Stone) Fallas had lived since leaving Massachusetts in 1804. After spending his childhood at Dryden, New York, he moved to Michigan in 1837, and the rest of the family followed. In 1841, John went back to New York to marry Phoebe Brown. After the couple's return to Fallasburg they had two sons, Henry B. and Charles Wesley Fallas. John and his wife lived in this house until their deaths in 1896 and 1891 respectively.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
Location. 42° 58.875′ N, 85° 19.483′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Michigan, in Kent County. It is in Vergennes Township. Marker is at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road Northeast and Whinnery Street NE, on the left when traveling north on Covered Bridge Road Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13893 Covered Bridge Rd NE, Lowell MI 49331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fallasburg Covered Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fallasburg School (approx. 0.2 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Vergennes District No. 1 Alton School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lowell Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 2.8 miles away); Alton Veteran Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
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