White Lake Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
and the Treasures of Nature
Michigan state parks welcomed the newly-mobile drivers
of automobiles in the early 1900s. Genevieve Gillette made it her life's work to preserve precious natural settings and make them available to the travelling public. In 1920 she began her landscape architecture career working in Chicago with noted landscape designer Jens Jensen, whose naturalistic designs included the Edsel Ford estate at Haven Hill. Over decades, her career supported her enduring volunteer efforts in raising awareness of Michigan's natural wonders and their value to society. She established important conservation groups, gained funding for Michigan state parks, and even advised President Lyndon Johnson on recreation and nature.
You Auto Know
Gillette was honored by the opening in 1976 of the Genevieve Gillett Nature Center in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon.
Her Living Legacy:
Highland State Recreation Area, Michigan Natural Areas Council, Haven Hill Natural Area, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Ludington State Park, Michigan Wildflower Association, Wilderness
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson, and the MotorCities National Heritage Area series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 42° 38.89′ N, 83° 32.629′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Haven Road 0.1 miles south of Highland Road (Michigan Highway 59), on the left when traveling south. Marker is in Highland State Recreation Area near the gatehouse of the former Edsel and Eleanor Ford retreat, Haven Hill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5200 Highland Road, White Lake MI 48383, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haven Hill Gatehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Many Friends, Many Flags (approx. 0.8 miles away); Haven Hill Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Haven Hill Lodge (approx. Haven Hill Carriage House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Edsel Ford's Leadership (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Haven Hill Getaway (approx. 1.1 miles away); White Lake Township Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
Also see . . . Who was Genevieve Gillette?. Biography of Genevieve Gillette on the Gillette Nature Association website. (Submitted on October 22, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 22, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.