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White Lake Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Haven Hill Carriage House

The Lodge's "Little Brother"

 
 
Haven Hill Carriage House: The Lodge's "Little Brother" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
1. Haven Hill Carriage House: The Lodge's "Little Brother" Marker
Inscription.  
It was a garage and a playhouse.
The Carriage House was planned to be the chauffeur's home and to shelter Ford family vehicles. But the chauffeur moved into the Lodge, and the Carriage House became a playhouse for the Ford children — Henry II, Benson, Josephine, and William Clay. Self-sufficiency was important at the estate, as it was in Ford's automobile factories. Building logs came from the same northern Michigan timber holdings used for early Ford vehicle bodies. Model T parts were used in pulling logs up the hill and in a backup power generation system near the Carriage House.

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The electrical power system at Haven Hill was placed underground to maintain the natural appearance throughout the estate.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
 
Location. 42° 38.426′ N,
Upper image image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
2. Upper image
The Carriage House in the woods near the Lodge, with the garage doors at the left. The Carriage House was often called the "Little Brother of the Lodge," sharing the same cedar log construction. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
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83° 33.762′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Haven Road, 1.2 miles south of Highland Road (Michigan Highway 59). Marker is in Highland State Recreation Area, approx. 0.5 miles from the parking lot. 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 Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Edsel Ford's Leadership (within shouting distance of this marker); The Haven Hill Getaway (within shouting distance of this marker); Haven Hill Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); Many Friends, Many Flags (approx. half a mile away); Haven Hill Barn (approx. 0.7 miles away); Haven Hill Gatehouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Genevieve Gillette (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
 
Lower left image image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
3. Lower left image
The Carriage House along the ridge at the right, below the Lodge to the left. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Haven Hill Carriage House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
4. Haven Hill Carriage House Marker
The chimney at the Carriage House, like all fireplaces and chimneys at the Lodge, was made of Vermont stone.
Haven Hill Carriage House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
5. Haven Hill Carriage House Marker
Log construction at the corner of the Carriage House. To maintain the logs, fresh cedar bark would occasionally be secured to them with zigzag wires.
Haven Hill Carriage House: The Lodge's "Little Brother" and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
6. Haven Hill Carriage House: The Lodge's "Little Brother" and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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