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Axford-Coffin Farm

 
 
Axford-Coffin Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 10, 2016
1. Axford-Coffin Farm Marker
Inscription. This complex of buildings began as the farmstead of John Axford, who built the Greek Revival house during the 1840s. Farmer Jacob Kline purchased it in 1848, and his descendants operated the farm until 1925. During the Great Depression the bank foreclosed on the mortgage. In 1939 Howard A. Coffin, a Detroit businessman and U.S. Congressman, and his wife, Abbie, converted the farm to a country retreat. They enlarged the house, updated some of the buildings, and added a massive interior fireplace and stone-walled pond. Coffin and his second wife, Marie, sold the farm in 1951. Subsequent owners rented out the property and made few changes, thus preserving the farm. The township purchased it in 1996. The farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2002 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2113.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 47.089′ N, 83° 8.762′ W. Marker is in Oakland Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on West Predmore Road half a mile west of Rochester Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in Cranberry
Axford-Coffin Farm Marker and Farmhouse image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 10, 2016
2. Axford-Coffin Farm Marker and Farmhouse
Lake Park and Historic District. Marker is at or near this postal address: 384 West Predmore Road, Oakland MI 48363, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carriage Barn Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); Detroit United Railway and Car Barn (approx. 7 miles away); Masonic Block (approx. 7.2 miles away); Rochester Opera House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Three-faced Clock (approx. 7.2 miles away); Meadow Brook Hall (approx. 8.3 miles away); a different marker also named Meadow Brook Hall (approx. 8.3 miles away); Howarth School (approx. 8.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Axford-Coffin Farmhouse - South Side image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 10, 2016
3. Axford-Coffin Farmhouse - South Side
Axford-Coffin Farmhouse - East Side image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 10, 2016
4. Axford-Coffin Farmhouse - East Side
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 10, 2016
5. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 12, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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