Take time to orient yourself. Fry Road runs north and south. If you face the woods and put Fry Road to your back, you are facing west. Charles Billings settled the Hurry Hill area and bought 100 acres of wooded land for $2/acre. To the south, you can see one of the fields he cleared and a woods – a maple sugarbush (a large number of maple trees). Imagine the fields being covered with a huge maple, hemlock, and beech forest. Imagine the work it took in 1846 for Charles, armed with axe and saws to clear the land by cutting off the trees, removing the tree stumps and rocks from the field to make a farm from a woodlot. The settlement of Franklin Township took place between 1820 and 1850. Near the Fry Road bridge north of the creek, there is small mound which housed a sawmill. You can faintly see the “run” where water flowed around the uphill side of the mound to power the sawmill. When the fields were cleared of trees, sawmills were built nearby and subsequently, log cabins and barns. A barn was built where the brick house now stands. The original bridge built in 1904 was 18 years before electricity came up the south end of the Townline Road (Fry Road). In 1922 each farmer paid $100 to have an electric line run from Edinboro (the nearest town) to their farm. The first Townline School was built shortly after the Civil War on the Fellows land a mile north of here and the second school exists today as a house.
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