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Monroe in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Roscoe W. Smith

 
 
In Honor of Roscoe W. Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Clifton Patrick, November 6, 2009
1. In Honor of Roscoe W. Smith Marker
Inscription.
In Honor of
Roscoe W. Smith
Founder
Old Museum Village of Smith’s Clove
who, by his interest, vision, imagination and industry, collected and preserved for future generations this treasury of Americana.

Founded 1950             Dedicated 1964

 
Erected 1964.
 
Location. 41° 20.715′ N, 74° 11.975′ W. Marker is in Monroe, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Route 17M (New York State Route 17M) 0.2 miles east of Museum Village Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the central mall of Museum Village, behind the main entrance gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 Route 17M, Monroe NY 10950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Monroe (approx. 0.8 miles away); Monroe, New York (approx. one mile away); Crane Park (approx. one mile away); Monroe School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Landmark of Monroe (approx. 1.3 miles away); Village of Monroe (approx. 1.3 miles away); Monroe Cheese Co. (approx. 1.4 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
 
Regarding Roscoe W. Smith.
Aerial view of Museum Village from Bing.com image. Click for full size.
By Bing.com
2. Aerial view of Museum Village from Bing.com
Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe William Smith, an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector who contributed to his native Orange County in many ways during his 99 years. Roscoe made his fortune as founder of the Orange and Rockland electric company in 1905. The wealth he generated from his successful company and investments allowed him to give back to the community in many ways. Probably Mr. Smith's most cherished gift to the local community was Museum Village of Old Smith's Clove. Mr. Smith was passionate about American history and was an avid collector of Americana. His collection varied widely, from textiles and porcelain items to horse-drawn carriages. His main interest, was in craft tools and mechanical devices: their invention, adaptation and development which he realized were slowly disappearing.
(from Museum Village website)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public WorkNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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