Forest Rose Cemetary  LbNA # 8462 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 31 2005
LocationLancaster, OH
Last Found Jul 28 2010
Hike Distance?

Bring: an ink pad and pencil or pen
Difficulty: easy
Stamp: Handmade
Note: Forest Rose was originally placed on top of Mt. Pleasant on 5/31/2005. It has now been replaced and moved on 09/11/2005.***Boxes alive and well as of 9.01.2009.

CLUES: Located in the Forest Rose Cemetery on Columbus Street in Lancaster, Ohio. From Rt. 33 (Memorial Drive), take Sixth Avenue east which is a bit uphill. Turn LEFT onto Columbus Street.Go through 2 lights, past the fairgrounds on your right and then watch for flashing lights warning you of a 15 MPH turn to your left. ***At that turn use the cemetery entrance which is diagonal from the Danison Monumental Works. There are brick pillars and a black gate at this entrance.

Take the road on the left as you go past the cemetery office. At the first opportunity, go LEFT and up a hill past a small mausoleum with the date 1909 at the top. Go LEFT again at the next lane and stop to see the name PICKENS on a headstone to your right. Once you see it, look straight through your windshield and see the large mausoleum with the many pillars. You want to continue climbing the hill circling around until you are on the west side of this mausoleum.

Standing at the top step of the McClelland-Martens (1914) mausoleum in between the pillars, go 9 paces @ 280* to a multi-trunked cedar tree. Position yourself so that you are on the NW~most side of this tree so that you can look through the branches at 130* at a large cross grave marker with a very pronounced hill quite a ways away but directly behind and in alignment. That pronounced hill is Mt. Pleasant and it is where the young woman Forest Rose, was captured twice by Indians. Standing in the same spot, turn 180*. Walk 9 paces down and around the stone wall on the low side. Look to your right. You should see Besse B. Shallenberger's headstone in between 2 peony bushes. Under a cylinder-shaped piece of concrete to the left of her headstone is where Forest Rose is hiding. More information about this young woman is below.

Go back to that cedar tree location. Now go 13 paces at 240* to another cedar tree. See what you might find there?! (This is not my box. I found it by mistake when looking for spots to hide mine. The owner is not active in letterboxing and I have permission from her to include this in my clues. The only way to add this box to your find-count is if you are on AQ and are a premium AQ member or if you take advantage of the "free day" on AQ where you can list "unlisted" finds on AQ. It is usually on the 24th of each month---but you will have to double check on your own.) Even so---it's one more stamp in your logbook! =D

From this last bonus take 15 paces @170* to the McClelland's Home Dairy Milk Bottle and pay your respects to someone who definitely helped make heathy bones and teeth for others. From there go 8 paces @ 163*. There you will find between the fence and what used to be a 3-trunked tree BUTTER under a rock and pine needles. There is no logbook for this box.

Rose Forester was the daughter of Virginia-born Colonel Forester who served his country during the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Colonel Forester was fatally wounded in the early stages of the war and his dying breath was to have his lifelong friend and fellow soldier, Captain Maywood, adopt his daughter. Rose's mother had passed earlier. Capt. Maywood agreed to take Rose into his family and at the end of the war, he moved his family, including little Forest Rose, as she was called, from Virginia to the area close to Standing Stone. Standing Stone is now called Mt. Pleasant. This is what you saw behind the cross.

Captain Maywood was apparently in denial about possible harm that might come from Indians who resented early Ohio settlers. Maywood's son Albert tried in vain to convince his father of the dangers. Albert had fallen in love with little Forest Rose and she was captured not once but twice by Indians. Frontiersmen Albert Maywood and Lewis Wetzel were able to eventually rescue Forest Rose, but not without fierce battles atop Mt. Pleasant and not without the amazing help of courageous Rose herself! Forest Rose was one of Ohio's original frontiersmen and learned to handle a muzzle loader with the best of 'em. This box is in honor of Frontiers(wo)man Forest Rose.

If you would like more historic information about Forest Rose, a book by the same name can be purchased at the Visitor's Bureau in Lancaster which is located beside the Veteran's Memorial at the intersection of Main and Broad Streets.