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Near Owosso in Shiawassee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Maple River

 
 
Maple River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
1. Maple River Marker
Inscription. In 1837 four couples came to this area, known as Maple River, from Oakland County to claim their newly purchased acreage. They were soon followed by a dozen families. These pioneer farmers chose this vicinity because the very fertile land was well adapted for grazing and crop production. The community church and octagonal schoolhouse were designed and built under the guidance of the Reverend George M. Reynolds, son of one of the pioneer settlers. Soon after several farm houses of Greek Revival design were constructed and the cemetery was established. Mr. Reynolds served for many years as minister of the church as was also the first teacher when the school opened in 1850. Several of the early structures remain, and descendants of the original settlers still reside in this area.
 
Erected 1979 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L595.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 56.254′ N, 84° 8.672′ W. Marker is near Owosso, Michigan, in Shiawassee County. Marker is at the intersection of East Bennington Road and Colby Road, on the right when traveling east on East Bennington Road. Touch for map.
Maple River Marker and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
2. Maple River Marker and Cemetery
Marker is in Shiawassee Township — about 5 miles south of Owosso, 4.1 miles south of Corunna, and 6.2 miles west of Vernon. Marker is at or near this postal address: 985 East Bennington Road, Owosso MI 48867, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Governor Parsons (approx. 3.1 miles away); Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hugh McCurdy / Hugh McCurdy Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); First National Bank (approx. 3.3 miles away); Shiawassee County Courthouse (approx. 3.3 miles away); Steam Railroading Institute (approx. 4.2 miles away); Birthplace of Thomas Edmund Dewey (approx. 4.4 miles away); The First House in Owosso (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owosso.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Community Church image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
3. Community Church
Maple River Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
4. Maple River Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Pictures of octagon house (about 1/4 mile west of the marker) and any Greek Revival farmhouses that still stand. • Can you help?
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