Access to the cemetery is down an alley right-of-way to the left side of the property at 1300 Harding Lane.
Joseph Harding (1822-1894) bought 200 acres as a young man, cleared most of it, and built a log house on today’s Harding Lane.
He began raising potatoes and eventually became known as the Potato King of Montgomery County.
He served as toll keeper at the Ednor toll booth and he founded a small Free Methodist Church in Cloverly that eventually relocated to Spencerville.
He established a family cemetery and the first burial was his wife, Elizabeth Moore, and one of their five children.
Soon after the Civil War he built a substantial home reflecting the success of a hardworking farming family who worked and resided here for some 80 years. Joseph and Elizabeth Harding purchased the first 80 acres in 1844. With the profits made from his successful farm, Joseph Harding built a frame house, completed in 1864, replacing a log house he had built in 1844. He named this one-room deep, center-passage residence "Ash Grove". Several years later he expanded the farm to 200 acres. A rear ell was built on the house about 1908. Clarence and Bertha Bernard bought the farm from the Harding family in 1934 and outfitted the house with a Colonial Revival portico and dormers. An exterior chimney has a stone base and brick stack.
GPS Coordinates: 39.11673, -76.98504
- Added: 23 Sep 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2651697
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