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Livonia in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Joshua Simmons Farm

 
 
Joshua Simmons Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 19, 2010
1. Joshua Simmons Farm Marker
Inscription. In 1824 Joshua Simmons of Bristol, New York, obtained a patent from the federal government for 160 acres of land in Livonia Township. Simmons and his wife, Hannah, were among the township's earliest white settlers. Their first home was a log shanty, built in 1826. In 1841 they constructed this house in the Greek Revival style, popular in New York State. The farm was named Meadow Brook. Joshua Simmons (1801-1882) hewed lumber to build the earliest barns and mills in Livonia, Farmington and Plymouth. He continued to acquire acreage, becoming one of Livonia's most prominent landholders. In 1920 Sherwin and Jean Boyd Hill purchased the farm and renamed it Greenmead. The city of Livonia acquired the property in 1976 as a park. The Joshua Simmons Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1997 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L0139.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 26.267′ N, 83° 25.177′ W. Marker is in Livonia, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Joshua Simmons Drive mile west of Newburgh Road. Touch for map. The marker is in Greenmead Historical
Joshua Simmons Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 19, 2010
2. Joshua Simmons Farm Marker
Park, which is 0.1 miles south of West Eight Mile Road and 0.9 miles east of Interstate Highway 96/275. Marker is in this post office area: Livonia MI 48152, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Walker/Wixom Tavern (approx. 2.1 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Gov. Fred M. Warner (approx. 2.8 miles away); City of Farmington (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Quaker Meeting (approx. 2.9 miles away); Farmington Masonic Temple and Farmington Township Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away); Travel Through Time (approx. 2.9 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Joshua Simmons Farm Marker and Farm image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 19, 2010
3. Joshua Simmons Farm Marker and Farm
Joshua Simmons Farmhouse<br>(also known as Hill House) image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 19, 2010
4. Joshua Simmons Farmhouse
(also known as Hill House)
Farmhands House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 19, 2010
5. Farmhands House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,022 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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