White Lake Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Haven Hill Farm
Exploring a New World of Agriculture
An expression of deep respect for the land,
this complex was called the Farm Group Buildings. Edsel Ford learned from his father Henry Ford who wrote in 1932 that "with one foot in industry and another foot in the land, human society is firmly balanced..." In 1941 Henry Ford displayed a car with plastic body panels made from soybeans, weighing 1,000 pounds less than a steel car.
Jens Jensen's design for Haven Hill
included road plans, Haven Hill Lake, and a waterfowl sanctuary. The Danish landscape designer's work focused on naturalistic features and native plants. In Michigan, he also designed the landscapes at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and at Henry Ford's Fair Lane estate in Dearborn.
You Auto Know
Edsel Ford established the farm complex for the support of the entire Haven Hill Estate, with the goal to be self sufficient.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1932.
Location. 42° 38.345′ N, 83° 33.299′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Haven Road, 1.3 miles south of Highland Road (Michigan Highway 59), on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Highland State Recreation Area just before the maintenance area. 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 walking distance of this marker. Many Friends, Many Flags (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haven Hill Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haven Hill Carriage House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haven Hill Lodge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edsel Ford's Leadership (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Haven Hill Getaway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haven Hill Gatehouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Genevieve Gillette (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
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 418 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.