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

Haven Hill Farm

Exploring a New World of Agriculture

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
1. Haven Hill Farm: Exploring a New World of Agriculture Marker
Inscription.
An expression of deep respect for the land,
this complex was called the Farm Group Buildings. Edsel Ford learned from his father Henry Ford who wrote in 1932 that "with one foot in industry and another foot in the land, human society is firmly balanced..." In 1941 Henry Ford displayed a car with plastic body panels made from soybeans, weighing 1,000 pounds less than a steel car.

Jens Jensen's design for Haven Hill
included road plans, Haven Hill Lake, and a waterfowl sanctuary. The Danish landscape designer's work focused on naturalistic features and native plants. In Michigan, he also designed the landscapes at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and at Henry Ford's Fair Lane estate in Dearborn.

You Auto Know
Edsel Ford established the farm complex for the support of the entire Haven Hill Estate, with the goal to be self sufficient.
 
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° 38.345′ N, 83° 33.299′ W. Marker is in White Lake Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
2. Upper left image
The Farm Group Buildings, shown here in 1975, are now used as the Maintenance Shop for Highland State Recreation Area (no public access). All black-and-white photos courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Haven Road 1.3 miles south of Highland Road (Michigan Highway 59), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Highland State Recreation Area just before the maintenance area. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haven Hill Carriage House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haven Hill Lodge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edsel Ford's Leadership (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Haven Hill Getaway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haven Hill Gatehouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Genevieve Gillette (approx. 0.8 miles away); White Lake Township Hall (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pettibone Creek Mills (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Lake Township.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
3. Lower left image
Gardens on the north side of the Farm Group Buildings.
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
4. Lower middle image
The buildings once housed thoroughbred horses and milking cows. The stable man also lived there.
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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The attractive cupola, still apparent on the building, provided draft-free ventilation.
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By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
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Haven Hill Lake, one of the naturalistic landscape features designed by Jens Jensen (right).
Haven Hill Farm: Exploring a New World of Agriculture Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 22, 2016
7. Haven Hill Farm: Exploring a New World of Agriculture Marker
 
 
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 146 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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