Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This large estate and farm required a staff to maintain it. The Motts employed many people over the years. Some lived on the estate with their families in this gatehouse and elsewhere on the property.
The Farmer Lived Here
This gatehouse was once home to Applewood's resident farmer, Arthur Hatherly, and his family. It was built at the same time as the main house in 1916. Stairs once led down the hill to the barn, providing easy access to the animals.
Driving the Motts
C.S. Mott liked to drive and often drove himself around town. The chauffer maintained the Mott's cars and often drove the family about. James Warfield drove for C.S. in the 1930s, accompanying him on many long car trips.
House and Garden
Above the garage was a full apartment where gardener John Mair lived with his family for many years. The main house had several rooms, primarily on the 3rd floor, for household help, which included maids, a cook, and the Mott's beloved nanny Emma Dodson. "Nana" lived at Applewood until her death in 1967 and is buried in the Mott Mausoleum.
Some Work and Some
Many people who worked for the Motts over the decades recall their time at Applewood fondly. Letters and reminiscences attest to close relationships, lessons learned, and many acts of kindness between employers and employees.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 43° 1.427′ N, 83° 40.523′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker can be reached from East Kearsley Street south of Walnut Street. Marker is on the Applewood Estate near the Kearsley Street (west) entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Applewood Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of the Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); The Demonstration Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fun and Games (about 500 feet away); Ruth Mott's Point of View (about 600 feet away); Terrace Reconstruction Project (about 600 feet away); Renewing an Old Orchard (about 700 feet away); Flint (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.