White Lake Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Haven Hill Carriage House
The Lodge's “Little Brother”
It was a garage and a playhouse.
The Carriage House was planned to be the chauffeur's home and to shelter Ford family vehicles. But the chauffeur moved into the Lodge, and the Carriage House became a playhouse for the Ford children — Henry II, Benson, Josephine, and William Clay. Self-sufficiency was important at the estate, as it was in Ford's automobile factories. Building logs came from the same northern Michigan timber holdings used for early Ford vehicle bodies. Model T parts were used in pulling logs up the hill and in a backup power generation system near the Carriage House.
You Auto Know
The electrical power system at Haven Hill was placed underground to maintain the natural appearance throughout the estate.
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° 38.426′ N, 83° 33.762′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Haven Road 1.2 miles south of Highland Road (Michigan Highway 59). Touch for map. Marker is in Highland State Recreation Area, approx.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haven Hill Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Edsel Ford's Leadership (within shouting distance of this marker); The Haven Hill Getaway (within shouting distance of this marker); Haven Hill Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haven Hill Gatehouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Genevieve Gillette (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pettibone Creek Mills (approx. 2.4 miles away); White Lake Township Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.