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Orchard Lake Village in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Orchard Lake Museum

and the Treasures of Local History

 
 
The Orchard Lake Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
1. The Orchard Lake Museum Marker
Inscription.
The Orchard Lake Museum has been an intersection
where paths cross and people meet. The first building here was a small tavern named the Orchard Lake House, built in 1857 for stagecoach travelers. Various owners rebuilt and enlarged the site, later named the Orchard Lake Hotel, to entertain the growing resort community on the lakes, especially city folks arriving on nearby trolley cars in the early 1900s. In 1939 the building was mostly torn down and replaced by the smaller Orchard Lake Village Hall, now occupied by the museum and the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.

You Auto Know
In 1939 a new Orchard Lake Village Hall was built upon the fieldstone foundation of the original building.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 34.964′ N, 83° 21.462′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from West Bloomfield Trail. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, a bicycling/hiking trail, about 50 feet south of the Long Lake
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
2. Left Images
Top: "The Zinc King" washboard was used by a local family in the early 1900s. Bottom left: This porcelain vase is from the Campbell family who owned Apple Island in Orchard Lake from 1856 to 1915. Bottom right: Museum artifacts include a Native American stone axe-head and an 1800s settler's iron axe-head.
Road overpass. The West Bloomfield Trail crosses Orchard Lake Road 0.3 miles to the north and 0.5 miles to the south. Marker is in this post office area: West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waiting for the Trolleys (here, next to this marker); Apple Island (approx. mile away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 0.3 miles away); Remembering Historic Railways (approx. half a mile away); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lakes and Attractions (approx. mile away); Waiting Room and the "Wye" (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Lake and a Trolley (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake Village.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
3. Middle Image
The boat landing on the shore of Orchard Lake, below the hotel, 1920s.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
4. Upper Right Image
Woodcut image of Orchard Lake House, 1870s. Long Lake Road is to the left and Orchard Lake Road is to the right. Unless noted otherwise, all images are courtesy of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
5. Middle Right Image
Orchard Lake Village Hall, 1930s. After the village was founded in 1929, the former hotel building was used for village affairs.
The Orchard Lake Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
6. The Orchard Lake Museum Marker
This marker is the closest one.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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