“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Orchard Lake in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Apple Island

Apple Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
1. Apple Island Marker
Inscription.  Apple Island is a 37-acre nature sanctuary at the center of Orchard Lake. Owned by West Bloomfield School District, it has officially been called Marjorie Ward Strong Woodland Sanctuary since 1970.

National Register of Historic Places

In 2018, the National Parks Service listed Apple Island in the National Register of Historic Places. It has been recognized for its archaeological significance, and a boulder monument is installed on the island.

Island History

The island has a rich history, from its formation during the recession of the region's last ice-age glacier to the presence of Native Americans to the inhabitation of various vacationers who eventually owned the island.

Tours of the Island

The annual Apple Island Tours take place on the second weekend of June. Group tours of Apple Island are also available. More information at
Erected by Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans
Apple Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
2. Apple Island Marker
Background is Orchard Lake. Apple Island is located in the middle.
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Location. 42° 34.976′ N, 83° 21.566′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of West Long Lake Road and Orchard Lake Road, on the right when traveling east on West Long Lake Road. Marker is at the entrance to the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3951 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conglomerate Boulder (here, next to this marker); Waiting for the Trolleys (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Orchard Lake Museum (about 500 feet away); Chief Pontiac (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Apple Island (approx. ¼ mile away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 0.3 miles away); Remembering Historic Railways (approx. 0.4 miles away); Emmendorfer House / Francis A. Emmendorfer (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another marker titled Apple Island
Also see . . .  Apple Island. Excerpt:
The island is three-eighths of a
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mile in length and a quarter of a mile wide, with a perimeter of more than a mile of lake frontage. Its highest point (960 ft. elevation) lies approximately 31 feet above the normal elevation of Orchard Lake.
(Submitted on May 28, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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