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

Genevieve Gillette

and the Treasures of Nature

 
 
Genevieve Gillette and the Treasures of Nature Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
1. Genevieve Gillette and the Treasures of Nature Marker
Inscription.
Michigan state parks welcomed the newly-mobile drivers
of automobiles in the early 1900s. Genevieve Gillette made it her life's work to preserve precious natural settings and make them available to the travelling public. In 1920 she began her landscape architecture career working in Chicago with noted landscape designer Jens Jensen, whose naturalistic designs included the Edsel Ford estate at Haven Hill. Over decades, her career supported her enduring volunteer efforts in raising awareness of Michigan's natural wonders and their value to society. She established important conservation groups, gained funding for Michigan state parks, and even advised President Lyndon Johnson on recreation and nature.

You Auto Know
Gillette was honored by the opening in 1976 of the Genevieve Gillett Nature Center in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon.

Her Living Legacy:
Highland State Recreation Area, Michigan Natural Areas Council, Haven Hill Natural Area, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Ludington State Park, Michigan Wildflower Association, Wilderness State Park, Hartwick Pines State Park, Michigan Parks Association, Thompson's Harbor State Park, Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority, Michigan Horticultural Society, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore,
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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In the early 1900s, automobiles gave many city residents the freedom to explore nature in Michigan state parks. Imagine courtesy of Oakland County.
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
 
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° 38.89′ N, 83° 32.629′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Haven Road 0.1 miles south of Highland Road (Michigan Highway 59), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Highland State Recreation Area near the gatehouse of the former Edsel and Eleanor Ford retreat, Haven Hill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5200 Highland Road, White Lake MI 48383, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haven Hill Gatehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Haven Hill Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Haven Hill Lodge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Haven Hill Carriage House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Edsel Ford's Leadership (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Haven Hill Getaway (approx. 1.1 miles away); White Lake Township Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pettibone Creek Mills (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
 
Also see . . .  Who was Genevieve Gillette?
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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In the 1940s, Genevieve Gillette fostered the purchase of the former Edsel Ford estate at Haven Hill by the State of Michigan. This purchase began the development of Highland State Recreation Area, and includes the Haven Hill Natural Area. Map courtesy of Bentley Historical Archives, Genevieve Gillette Collection, University of Michigan.
. Biography of Genevieve Gillette on the Gillette Nature Association website. (Submitted on October 22, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made Features
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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The Haven Hill Natural Area has been named a National Natural Landmark as one of the finest examples of its biological communities in the country. Genevieve Gillette noted that it includes all types of Michigan forest — tamarack, cedar, beech-maple, oak-hickory, and mixed hardwood. Photo courtesy of Jay Fitzgerald, Friends of Highland Recreation Area.
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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Haven Hill, looking over Haven Hill Lake and wetlands, 1930s. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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The Haven Hill Natural Area at Highland State Recreation Area is popular for bird-watching, wildflower viewing, hiking, and nature study. Photo courtesy of Jay Fitzgerald, Friends of Highland Recreation Area.
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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Genevieve Gillette (1898-1986) credited her childhood on a farm in Lansing for her life-long love of nature. She maintained a landscape architecture practice in Ann Arbor as she volunteered her services to Michigan's natural heritage. Photos courtesy of Bentley Historical Archives, Genevieve Gillette Collection, University of Michigan.
Genevieve Gillette and the Treasures of Nature Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
8. Genevieve Gillette and the Treasures of Nature Marker
Part of the gatehouse is on the right.
Registered Natural Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
9. Registered Natural Landmark Marker
This stone is at a parking lot about 0.8 miles south of the gatehouse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 22, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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