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Farmington Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

David Simmons House

 
 
David Simmons House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald
1. David Simmons House Marker
Inscription.  A native of Ontario County, New York, David Simmons moved to this area around 1827. Here he farmed, eventually acquiring 156 acres of land. He built this Greek Revival house around 1843. It features a field stone foundation, hand-hewn timbers and pegged joints. Its interior retains the original triple facet woodwork with six sided moldings around the doors and windows of the dining room. Although the house has been enlarged over the years, portions of the 1840s section are still visible.
 
Erected 1988 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L964.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 42° 27.039′ N, 83° 26.032′ W. Marker was in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker was on Haggerty Road 0.2 miles south of Nine Mile
David Simmons House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Image capture: July 2016; (c) 2020 Google
2. David Simmons House and Marker
Google Street View shows the marker as recently as May 2019.
Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 22000 Haggerty Road, Northville MI 48167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Joshua Simmons Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Kingsley House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Shaw House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Cranson-Hinbern House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Newburg School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Bungalow (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Detroit United Railway Waiting Room (approx. 1.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Elimination of David Simmons House (22000 Haggerty Road) Local Historic District, Farmington Hills. State Historic Preservation Office (Michigan State Housing Development Authority) report from 2015 to review the request to have the historic designation removed from the David Simmons House. Includes description of the land and house (pages 3-5), photos of the house (pages 7-20), as well as a photo of the historic marker (page 20). (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Historic Hills home for sale, if you can move it. Article in Farmington Voice (January 15, 2016) that includes a photo of the house and marker. (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Historic Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes. Minutes include mention of the David Simmons House, including:
• Plans accepted to re-orient the house to face north, a
David Simmons House image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 7, 2020
3. David Simmons House
The house undergoing exterior renovation in its new position facing north towards the hotel entrance drive instead of Haggerty Road (west).
new foundation would be built using stones from original foundation, and non-historic additions would be demolished (February 8, 2017).
• Interior renovations were completed (January 9, 2019).
• House was moved, rotated, and is now on new foundation (September 11, 2019). (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

4. Hotel development to feature trail connection, historical home renovation in Farmington Hills. An article in Farmington Press (April 2, 2019) states that a hotel is being built on the property and the house is being redeveloped into office space. There is no mention, however, about whether the historical marker will be replaced. (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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