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

A Ford Village Industry

in Cherry Hill Village

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
1. A Ford Village Industry in Cherry Hill Village Marker
Inscription.
At Cherry Hill Village, Henry Ford did something different.
In front of you, at the southwest corner of Cherry Hill and Ridge Roads, was one of his "village industries," small factory sites which produced Ford parts with special local workers. Starting in the early 1940s, this plant employed disabled World War II veterans to make car locks. Over time, Ford hired more than 12,000 disabled people to work in the village industries throughout the region.

Mr. Ford made other changes here.
He renovated the nearby creamery, to the south of the factory, into a dormitory to house many of the disabled workers. He also bought and operated the one-room Cherry Hill Shool, behind you.

You Auto Know
Henry Ford visited this Cherry Hill Village factory regularly and ate breakfast with the veterans.
 
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° 18.375′ N, 83° 32.22′ W. Marker is in Canton, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Hill Road and School House Road, on the right when traveling
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By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
2. Upper left image
From Shell-Shock to Production: At the Cherry Hill factory, disabled war veterans could learn job skills, socialize in the dining hall and dormitory, and count on eventual employment at another Ford factory. Photo from the collection of The Henry Ford.
west on Cherry Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50530 Cherry Hill Road, Canton MI 48187, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherry Hill School (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Hill Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Hill Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Hill Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Cherry Hill Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Cherry Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Palmer Shed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farming in Canton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
 
Also see . . .  Fordís veterans-only factory slated for restoration. Article in Hemmings Daily (The World's Leading Classic Car News Source). (Submitted on March 10, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
3. Lower left image
Henry Ford moved this creamery in 1943, and renovated it into the dormitory for disabled veterans working at the Cherry Hill factory.
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By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
4. Lower right image
Henry Ford operated the Cherry Hill School from 1943 through 1946. Presently, in front of the school is an historical marker that describes the building's history. Photo from the collection of The Henry Ford.
A Ford Village Industry in Cherry Hill Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
5. A Ford Village Industry in Cherry Hill Village Marker
View looking west. On the right is the former Cherry Hill Hotel. Village industries buildings are to the right of that.
A Ford Village Industry in Cherry Hill Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
6. A Ford Village Industry in Cherry Hill Village Marker
View looking east at the back of the marker with the former Cherry Hill School behind it.
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By Joel Seewald, November 10, 2016
7. Old Cherry Hill Village Industries Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 12, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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