White Lake Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Haven Hill Gatehouse
Crossing the Threshold to the Estate
The Gatehouse was the formal entryway
into the 2,422 acre Haven Hill Estate, Edsel Ford's chosen "weekend getaway." While Edsel gathered property for his country estate in the 1920s, Packard Motor Car Company and General Motors bought large parcels of land in the area for development. Packard eventually sold its land to a farmer, but General Motors established its 4,000 acre proving grounds in the hilly, rural landscape.
The Gatehouse was security for the Fords and their guests.
Security was heightened in the 1920s and 1930s for such prominent families, arising from stresses including the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, gangsterism during Prohibition, and labor unrest in Flint and Dearborn.
You Auto Know
The Gatehouse housed the Haven Hill farm administrator and family.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable BuildingsMotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 38.899′ N, 83° 32.672′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Genevieve Gillette (within shouting distance of this marker); Haven Hill Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Many Friends, Many Flags (approx. 0.8 miles away); Haven Hill Barn (approx. one mile away); Haven Hill Lodge (approx. 1.1 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.