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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Oakland County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Oakland County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Oakland County, MI (374) Genesee County, MI (125) Lapeer County, MI (32) Livingston County, MI (54) Macomb County, MI (122) Washtenaw County, MI (250) Wayne County, MI (486)  OaklandCounty(374) Oakland County (374)  GeneseeCounty(125) Genesee County (125)  LapeerCounty(32) Lapeer County (32)  LivingstonCounty(54) Livingston County (54)  MacombCounty(122) Macomb County (122)  WashtenawCounty(250) Washtenaw County (250)  WayneCounty(486) Wayne County (486)
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1Michigan (Oakland County), Berkley — American Legion Post 374 Veterans Memorial
This monument is dedicated to The mean and women who served In the Armed Forces of the United States of America with Great gratitude for those who gave their lives, so that others Remain free. They will not be forgotten God . . . Map (db m176549) WM
2Michigan (Oakland County), Berkley — Berkley Old Village/Fire Hall
Leaders in the Berkley territory became keenly interested in becoming an incorporated village in the Spring of 1922, believing that more recognition could be received than if the district remained unincorporated. Officials advocated incorporation on . . . Map (db m96229) HM
3Michigan (Oakland County), Berkley — Berkley School Cornerstone
. . . Map (db m176547) HM
4Michigan (Oakland County), Berkley — Berkley Veterans Memorial
Dedicated To Those From The City Of Berkley Who Served Our CountryMap (db m176548) WM
5Michigan (Oakland County), Berkley — L1060 — Roseland Park Mausoleum
The Roseland Park Mausoleum was the largest public mausoleum in the United States when it was dedicated in 1914. Designed by Detroit architect Louis Kamper (1861-1953), the classically inspired, two-story building contains 1,300 crypts. Before . . . Map (db m33026) HM
6Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Bell Building
In 1915, Samuel Oliver Wylie Bell, at one time Village Trustee, bought out his partner George Daines in the combined furniture store and undertaking establishment and built a two story brick structure. In 1929, the store was remodeled and S.S. . . . Map (db m86485) HM
7Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Billy McBride Building122 West Maple
This building was erected by Billy McBride in 1925. It is located on the site of an old fire-hose drying tower, which was built in 1892 and razed in 1920. After Hallock's Grocery closed, McBride expanded his candy store and restaurant into the . . . Map (db m86302) HM
8Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — City Hall
City Hall was built in 1928 and housed the village and township offices, as well as, the fire and police departments. The tower was used for drying fire hoses until about 1950. It was also designed to accommodate a clock. A Civic Center plan, . . . Map (db m86291) HM
9Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Field Building
The two story brick building was erected before 1920, by Mr. Ford, who had a paint and hardware business in the west side of the first floor. In the east side there was a 5 & 10¢ Store. In 1923, there was a severe fire in the building which resulted . . . Map (db m86290) HM
10Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Ford Building101 North Old Woodward
This structure was built in 1896 by Frank Ford, who built the Ford-Peabody House in 1878. The corner was occupied by Levinson's Department Store from 1897 to 1916. Two smaller businesses occupied units at the extreme west and north ends. The First . . . Map (db m86377) HM
11Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — L1832 — Greenwood Cemetery
Side 1 The oldest section of Greenwood Cemetery comprises land purchased from the federal government by Dr. Ziba Swan of Albany, New York, in 1821. The first interments on the one-half-acre parcel set aside by Swan for a cemetery occurred . . . Map (db m140346) HM
12Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Huston Building
Elmer Huston had this building constructed with two stores on the ground level and apartments above in 1923. It housed the post office and a variety store from 1924 to 1928. In 1929, the Mulholland Dry Goods Company moved into both spaces. The . . . Map (db m86486) HM
13Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — Johnston-Shaw Building
Dr. Daniel Johnston, dentist, and Dr. Ninian T. Shaw, a physician, had this two story brick commercial building erected in 1905. The facade of this building was extended north to include the O'Neal Building (112 South Old Woodward) and give the . . . Map (db m86303) HM
14Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The Birmingham Theater Building
The Briggs Investment Company and John H. Kunsky Theatrical Enterprises erected this large building in 1926 to contain shops, offices, a bowling alley in the basement, and a motion picture theater with facilities for vaudeville productions. The . . . Map (db m86304) HM
15Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The Erity-Nixon Building
This red brick building was erected in the 1880's by William Erity and his son-in-law, Chauncy Nixon. The Erity family and later the Nixon family owned and operated a mill near the corner of Evergreen Road and Riverside Drive in Beverly Hills. The . . . Map (db m86379) HM
16Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The National Bank Building
In 1919, on the former site of the old National Hotel, George Mitchell and Almeron Whitehead erected this building to house the First National Bank and various shops. Throughout the decades, different banks have occupied this building, including the . . . Map (db m86378) HM
17Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The Quarton Building
Fred V. Quarton erected this building in 1916 on the site of the family home of his wife, Emma Blakeslee. Through the years, the facade at street level has changed several times, but the second floor has kept its original appearance even including . . . Map (db m86301) HM
18Michigan (Oakland County), Birmingham — The Shain Townhouses
These townhouses were built as two story attached dwelling units in the Arts and Crafts style in 1916. Their use is commercial now, but their appearance is still very much as it originally was.Map (db m86369) HM
19Michigan (Oakland County), Bloomfield Hills — S0673 — Congregation Beth El / Temple Beth El
Congregation Beth El In 1850 twelve German immigrant families founded Michigan’s oldest Jewish organization, the Beth El Society, at the Detroit home of Isaac and Sarah Cozens. Beth El was first led by Orthodox Rabbi Samuel Marcus. During the . . . Map (db m180885) HM
20Michigan (Oakland County), Bloomfield Hills — L1156 — The Academy of the Sacred Heart
Responding to a request from the Antoine Beaubien family, five religious of the French order of the Sacred Heart came from New York to Detroit in 1851. The religious opened a school on Jefferson Avenue in June of that year with ten day students and . . . Map (db m68347) HM
21Michigan (Oakland County), Bloomfield Township — Van Every Gristmill
In 1837, Colonel Peter Van Every erected a flouring mill on the banks of the Franklin River. For a time, this mill was the only gristmill in Oakland County at which a farmer could sell wheat for cash money. A potashery was erected in 1838 at . . . Map (db m98769) HM
22Michigan (Oakland County), Clarkston — Becoming ClarkstonIt Started with the Mill
The brothers came from New York State. Jeremiah Clark came first, at age 41 in 1831, to explore his fortune in Michigan Territory. His brother Nelson, eighteen years younger, joined Jeremiah in 1838 in buying 2,000 acres of land in . . . Map (db m128225) HM
23Michigan (Oakland County), Clarkston — Building Clarkston Historyat 90 North Main
It has been a building of many uses for many people. It was built as Clarkston High School in 1910 and students learned and played here until 1930. In recent years, it was a community center and the Independence Township Hall. But in 1940 the . . . Map (db m128228) HM
24Michigan (Oakland County), Clarkston — Getting HereTransportation in Independence Township
The Saginaw Trail was once a footpath through this wooded region, used by Native Americans. In the 1820s, the trail became the first road in the region for travel from Pontiac through the southwest corner of Independence Township and on to . . . Map (db m180824) HM
25Michigan (Oakland County), Clarkston — L58 — Sashabaw Cemetery
Although burials were made here as early as 1836 it was 1849 before residents of Sashibaw Plains formed Sashabaw Burial Association for purposes of "fencing, improving, ornamenting, and keeping the burying ground ... in proper repair." A center . . . Map (db m134658) HM
26Michigan (Oakland County), Clarkston — L37 — Sashabaw United Presbyterian Church
This church structure, one of the oldest in the Detroit Presbytery, was erected by a church building society which was organized on January 20, 1855. A fine example of the classic New England church, it was dedicated in June, 1856, as the house . . . Map (db m134653) HM
27Michigan (Oakland County), Clarkston — The Nelson Clark HomeA Pioneer's Living History
Nelson Washington Clark was a builder. He and his brother Jeremiah joined the flow of pioneers in the 1830s from New York State to Michigan where they bought 2,000 acres of land along the Clinton River in Independence Township. Nelson and his . . . Map (db m128227) HM
28Michigan (Oakland County), Commerce Township — L1155 — Commerce Roller Mill
The Commerce Roller Mill, built in 1837 by Amasa Andrews and Joseph and Asa Farr, harnessed the water power of the Huron River. It served the farm communities of western Oakland County for ninety years, closing in 1927. The mill's owners included . . . Map (db m99137) HM
29Michigan (Oakland County), Commerce Township — L1297 — Commerce United Methodist Congregation / Commerce United Methodist Church
Commerce United Methodist Congregation A Methodist Episcopal class, which later became a church society, was organized in Commerce in 1838. For many years, it was part of the Farmington Circuit. The Reverend Daniel C. Jacokes was the . . . Map (db m99136) HM
30Michigan (Oakland County), Commerce Township — L1775 — Commerce Village Burying Ground
Side 1 Commerce Township's first burial ground was laid out on the Bela Armstrong farm (then owned by his widow) in 1834. Most of the burials were relocated here in 1837 when the Baptist Church of Commerce platted the Baptist Burying . . . Map (db m99138) HM
31Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — City of FarmingtonOriginal Historic District (designated by broken line) Settled 1824
Buildings and sites of historic interest
1. First Post Office, 1825 (23925 Farmington Road) 2. Approximate site of first school, 1826 3. Site of first saw mill, 1826 4. Oldest frame house in Farmington, 1824 5. Site of first . . . Map (db m85016) HM
32Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Detroit United Railway
With the introduction of electricity in Farmington, so too came the interurban railway. In August of 1899, the Detroit Northwestern Railway bought over forty-on acres at this intersection for a power house. Completed in February of 1900, the . . . Map (db m169146) HM
33Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Farmington Masonic Temple and Farmington Township Hall
The building was constructed in 1876 by the Township of Farmington and the Farmington Masonic Lodge No. 151. The Township government occupied the first floor of the building until 1963 when a new Township facility was constructed. The Masonic Lodge . . . Map (db m85139) HM
34Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Farmington's First Post Office
The original house was built on this site in 1825 for Dr. Ezekiel Webb, Farmington's first physician. Dr. Webb was appointed as Farmington's first postmaster in 1826. This house served as a Post Office, physician's office and as a residence for the . . . Map (db m85098) HM
35Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — 266 — First Quaker Meeting
In the 1820's, members of the Society of Friends played a key role in the settlement of several Michigan communities. Farmington was founded in 1824 by Arthur Power, a Quaker from Farmington, New York. In 1831, what was apparently Michigan's first . . . Map (db m85104) HM
36Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — S371 — Gov. Fred M. Warner
This large white Civil War Era house in the center of Farmington's historic district has been the residence of the Warner family for many decades. Here lived Fred M. Warner, governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911. Born in England in 1865, Warner . . . Map (db m85141) HM
37Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Inc.Michigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Inc. founded in 1850 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m104152) HM
38Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — L2195 — Methodist Episcopal Church
Sixteen pioneers organized the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1829. The congregation dedicated its first church building in 1844. When that church burned in 1920, Detroit architects and church members Wells Butterfield and his daughter Emily . . . Map (db m85391) HM
39Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Oakwood Cemetery
This peaceful area of natural beauty was donated by Arthur Power, Farmington founder, from his original holdings for use as a non-denominational cemetery. The first person to die in Farmington was a Mr. Green, the village cobbler, who was interred . . . Map (db m85207) HM
40Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Quaker Burial Ground
In 1832 Arthur Power, founder of Farmington, donated this parcel of land for a cemetery and Friends Meeting House. The Friends referred to their burial ground as "God's Acre." The first persons buried here were Selinda and Phebe Minerva Power, . . . Map (db m169083) HM
41Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — The Potawatomi Indians of Farmington
The Potawatomi, the Algonquin-speaking tribe most closely associated with this region, were often more friendly to the French and British than to the Americans. Religious and unwarlike, they had no permanent village here as they considered . . . Map (db m85206) HM
42Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — The Village Center
Two Indian Trails crossed at this point: the Orchard Lake Trail running north and south, and the Shiawassee Trail running east and west. In 1824, a Quaker settlement began to develop around this point. In the 1850's, the settlement expanded . . . Map (db m85158) HM
43Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington — Travel Through Timeon Farmington's Grand River Avenue
Long before our everyday journeys, people traveled along this important road. This was once the Grand River Trail, a pathway Native Americans followed across Michigan before European settlement. Farmington founder Arthur Power came here along . . . Map (db m85441) HM
44Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — "The Stuart Little Pond"
In the spring of 1953, Eleanor Olney Spicer age 12 was walking her dog, a toy Manchester terrier named Stuart Little, after the children's book, Stuart Little by E.B. White. Suddenly Stuart noticed a small animal and chased it into a drainpipe and . . . Map (db m46697) HM
45Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L953 — Aldrich House
Royal Aldrich, a native of Farmington, New York, built this two-story Greek Revival farmhouse around 1840. His father, Esek, had purchased the 320-acre site from the United States government in 1823. Esek never lived here, but sold the property to . . . Map (db m162376) HM
46Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Boorn-Halsted House
On May 16, 1827, New York resident James Boorn purchased 160 acres, 80 acres on each side of Halsted Road, from the United States Government. Michigan was ten years from statehood and 6th President John Quincy Adams was in office. Working as a . . . Map (db m163570) HM
47Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — HB24 — Botsford Inn
This historic structure was built as a home in 1836 by Orrin Weston and converted into a tavern by Stephen Jennings in 1841. Milton Botsford bought what was by then called the Sixteen Mile House in 1860. It was a stagecoach stop popular with . . . Map (db m169246) HM
48Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Buckhorn Corners
Buckhorn Corners was a hamlet in the early days of Farmington Township. A pioneer carpenter, Timothy Tolman, built an early frame house at Buckhorn Corners in 1828. In the same year, the Tibbits Sawmill went into business half a mile south, . . . Map (db m136084) HM
49Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Charles Wixom House
This lovely Michigan farmhouse dates to 1840, when the southern section was built by pioneer settlers Michael and May Marlett, owners of the surrounding 160 acres from 1834-1867. Charles and Eliza Wixom purchased the farm in 1867; they built the . . . Map (db m160983) HM
50Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L964 — David Simmons House
A native of Ontario County, New York, David Simmons moved to this area around 1827. Here he farmed, eventually acquiring 156 acres of land. He built this Greek Revival house around 1843. It features a field stone foundation, hand-hewn timbers and . . . Map (db m155832) HM
51Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L1202 — Eber Durham House
This attractive Greek Revival house was built in 1845 by Stephen Jennings, an early owner of the Sixteen Mile House (now the Botsford Inn). He built the house as a wedding gift for . . . Map (db m163573) HM
52Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Edward Beals House
This Storybook Tudor with faux thatch roof was designed by Emily Butterfield of Farmington, Michigan's first female architect. In 1925, Great Lakes Land Corp. President Edward E. Beals developed the Oaklands subdivision emphasizing country living on . . . Map (db m136011) HM
53Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Eli Stodgell House
In 1899, this lovely Victorian house was built on the southeast corner of Thirteen Mile and Middlebelt Road by Eli Stodgell, a local carpenter and stone mason. The Stodgells owned a pasture across the road and raised chickens as well as cows in the . . . Map (db m163650) HM
54Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Farmington/Farmington Hills Baseline Obelisk
[East face] Surveyors exhibited courage, determination, integrity, and ingenuity in the heroic feat of measuring Michigan from 1815 - 1853. Their work resulted in global implementation of innovative methods of land measurement and . . . Map (db m169539) HM
55Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Fractional District School
This is the only existing one-room schoolhouse in the area used continuously for educational purposes. It was built on land donated for a public school and named after George German, one of an English group who settled here in 1835. It provided . . . Map (db m136187) HM
56Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Freedom Acres
Upon this land, for over 100 years, lived descendants of slaves who fled the South before the Civil War. Aaron and Ellen Wilson came from Virginia to Farmington via the Underground Railroad in the early 1850s. Going on to Canada, they became . . . Map (db m162380) HM
57Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L960 — Glen Oaks
This graceful English-style stone clubhouse, completed in 1925, was designed by Butterfield and Butterfield of Farmington. In 1923 developers began the Oakland Subdivision housing development. The clubhouse and its adjoining nine-hole public golf . . . Map (db m135932) HM
58Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L2005 — Goodenough - Spicer Stable
Built c. 1918Map (db m105657) HM
59Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L2005 — Gray - Spicer House
Built in 1926Map (db m105641) HM
60Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Hamilton Jones House
Hamilton Hill Jones (1844-1916) built this farm house from locally sourced lumber, principally oak, ca. 1871. When he gave up farming to establish a mercantile business in 1891, his son, Judson, took over the farm and lived here until his death in . . . Map (db m160915) HM
61Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Henry C. Bach House
This Colonial Revival style home with Asian influences was the residence of Henry and May Bach. Henry was Vice President in charge of sales for the Great Lake Land Corp., the developer of Oaklands. The house was originally an outbuilding on the farm . . . Map (db m163654) HM
62Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L957 — John Garfield House
John Garfield built this house on his 160-acre farm around 1835. The symmetry, pilaster-framed entrance and cornice returns reflect the simplicity of the Greek Revival style. In 1846, John and Elizabeth Cox purchased the house. When John died in . . . Map (db m163773) HM
63Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Kirby White House
This Federalist Revival House was designed by talented architect Marcus Burrowes for Kirby White, an executive of Ferry Morse Seed Company. In the 1930s Ferry Morse was the largest seed company in the world. This house is considered the work of a . . . Map (db m105570) HM
64Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L1110 — Lawrence Simmons House
Constructed in 1861, this is one of the three houses that Livonia farmer Joshua Simmons had built for his three sons. Lawrence Simmons, for whom this house was built, lived here for twelve years. He, like the elder Simmons, was a farmer. The house . . . Map (db m160678) HM
65Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L955 — Lemuel Botsford House
Lemuel and Lucy Botsford were Quakers. From Salisbury, Connecticut, they moved to Lyons, New York, and in 1836 to Farmington's Quaker settlement. In 1837 the Botsfords built this Greek Revival house on what became known as Botsford Hill. The house . . . Map (db m105576) HM
66Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — McCabe Funeral Home
This centennial business marked its 100th year in 1993. In 1893 Francis J. McCabe purchased the Detroit funeral home of Frank Gibb at Cass and Grand River. In 1902 he moved to Canfield and Grand River, again moving in 1904 to Hudson and Grand River . . . Map (db m104089) HM
67Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L1771 — Nardin Park United Methodist Church
In 1927 the Nardin Park Methodist Episcopal Church was formed by a merger of two Detroit churches: the Ninde Church, organized in 1886, and the Grand River Avenue Church, established in 1891. The following year and educational building and gymnasium . . . Map (db m162306) HM
68Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — North Farmington
Established here around 1850, this was a small village containing a post office, a blacksmith shop, a cheese factory, general stores and about ten homes. It was a collecting point for milk from surrounding farms. A cemetery, south of here, still . . . Map (db m136040) HM
69Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — North Farmington Cemetery
The Association for Cemetery and Burial Purposes was begun on the 20th of September, 1838, to deal with the business of the cemetery which was located on land donated by the Wm. L. Coonley family. This private organization, still in existence, . . . Map (db m136012) HM
70Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Pasadena Park
"The first homes in this lovely subdivision were built in 1926, when suburban living came to Oakland County. First platted in 1925 by the James F. Cain Building Company, Pasadena boasted four model homes billed as "small estates." It had been . . . Map (db m162294) HM
71Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L963 — Samuel Davis House
Pennsylvania native Samuel Davis settled on this site in 1855. In 1886 Samuel and his wife, Susan Graft Davis, built this Italianate house on their 299-acre farm. The Davises engaged in general farming and raised stock, and were among Oakland . . . Map (db m160571) HM
72Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Shiawassee Indian Trail
Along this road ran the route of the Shiawassee Indian Trail through Farmington Hills. The trail began near the Detroit River and extended northwest into the center of the state. This Shiawassee Road closely follows the original trail.Map (db m169419) HM
73Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Sleepy Hollow
Three mills and a small village, including a cooper's shop, a soap factory, a shoemaker's shop, a slaughterhouse and a tannery comprised Sleepy Hollow in the 1830's. In 1827 a grist mill was built on this spot along this rapidly flowing branch of . . . Map (db m104091) HM
74Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L2005 — Spicer Barn
Built c. 1880Map (db m105662) HM
75Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Spicer House
Architect Marcus Burrowes designed this lovely home in 1925 for David and Martha Gray. Burrowes selected the site and built the house to blend with the land, yet retain an historic English architectural form. The Grays never lived in the house. . . . Map (db m79852) HM
76Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
Side 1 This lovely complex was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1929. It is an outgrowth of a foundling and maternity hospital called the House of Providence, administered by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul, established in 1851 . . . Map (db m136118) HM
77Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L0557 — Stephen Yerkes Rodgers House
Stephen Yerkes Rodgers built this Greek Revival-style house in 1834. The carved fretwork in the pilasters flanking the door are reminiscent of a design in Asher Benjamin’s The Practical House Carpenter (Boston, 1830). Stephen Yerkes Rodgers . . . Map (db m173238) HM
78Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L2077 — The Chene House
Wells D. Butterfield and his daughter Emily (the state's first licensed woman architect) designed this house for Edward and Evelyn Chene. The house was built in 1927 as part of "The Oaklands," one of the first subdivisions in Farmington Township. . . . Map (db m135938) HM
79Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Harger House
This home, an outstanding example of cut-stone Greek Revival architecture, was constructed in 1837--the year Michigan achieved statehood--by John Dallas Harger, who came to Oakland County from Niagara, N. Y. A son, Oscar Seeley Harger, . . . Map (db m160779) HM
80Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Minnow Pond
This pleasant little valley and the pond at the bottom of it have been here since the retreat of the last ice sheet about 12,000 years ago. For centuries it was a camping spot for Indian parties traveling across the state. Many artifacts and stone . . . Map (db m163777) HM
81Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Old Mill
Water power! Before the advent of the steam engine, water provided the energy needed to run mills for grinding the grain into flour for our ancestor's table and to cut the lumber for their homes. In the early 1800's this middle branch of the . . . Map (db m104109) HM
82Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Pettibone House
This beautifully restored Gothic Revival farmhouse is representative of homes built by well-to-do pioneer Farmingtonians. Migrating from Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, in 1841, Levi and Huldah Pettibone homesteaded the surrounding . . . Map (db m160757) HM
83Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Philbrick Tavern
The attractive home on the northwest corner dates from 1827. In the 1830's and 40's, it was a tavern operated by Nathan Philbrick and was one of the finer hostels in southern Oakland County, widely known for the high quality of its entertainment for . . . Map (db m162284) HM
84Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Utley CemeteryEntrance of the East Farmington Cemetery on Twelve Mile Road
This cemetery, now known as the East Farmington Cemetery, is the oldest in Farmington. Mrs. Stanford M. Utley, who died as a result of a fall as she alighted from a wagon upon completion of her long trip from New York, was the first settler to be . . . Map (db m136113) HM
85Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Walker/Wixom Tavern
The first country inn in Farmington was the log home of Solomon Walker, opened in 1827. A gala celebration was held there for New Year's Eve 1828, followed by the first Township meeting in 1829. East of his log house Walker built a Greek Revival . . . Map (db m84873) HM
86Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — The Worker's Camp
An 80 acre parcel on this site was purchased by the Czechoslovak Workers Farm Co-operative Association in 1924. They opened a summer education and recreation camp for blue collar workers and their families here in 1928. The camp was purchased by the . . . Map (db m160879) HM
87Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — L962 — Theron Murray House
In 1831, Oakland County pioneers Theron and Rebecca Murray purchased eighty acres of land from the U.S. government including this site. This Greek Revival house and the barn, constructed around 1835, were built of hand-hewn poplar beams with wooden . . . Map (db m163778) HM
88Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Ward Eagle Home
This 1841 Greek revival farmhouse was the home of Ward Eagle (1891-1967), Farmington Township Supervisor, Justice of the Peace and influential member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association. The house was built by John Trick on land sold . . . Map (db m136056) HM
89Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — West Farmington Cemetery
This cemetery was originally known as the Baptist Burying Ground, and was associated with the Baptist Church which was located on this land. It was organized by Rev. Nehemiah Lamb in 1835, and about fifty graves were transferred here from a plot . . . Map (db m160882) HM
90Michigan (Oakland County), Farmington Hills — Where Farmington Began
"On March 8, 1824, five men, led by Arthur Power, a Quaker from Farmington, New York, came into this area. They felled the first tree of the first clearing a short distance due east from this point "on the bank of a small run" which can still be . . . Map (db m162279) HM
91Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — 100 Year Anniversary1915 - 2015
This beautiful historic building was constructed and then destroyed by fire in 1914. Known as The Ferndale School, it was re-built in time for the 1915 school year. Eventually known as The Central School, in the 1920's it was remodeled for District . . . Map (db m107989) HM
92Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — Deputy Albert AndersonMurdered in the Line of Duty August 12, 1917
Shortly after midnight on August 12, 1917, Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson arrived at Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue on the interurban railway car. After disembarking, he noticed a suspicious man in front of a nearby business. . . . Map (db m108384) HM
93Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — Evangelical Association / Ferndale Fun Fact #3 / Ferndale History
(Side 1) Evangelical Association Historical Site 165 E. Nine Mile The Evangelical Association was the first church founded in Ferndale and the congregation began meeting in 1916 in a storefront on Woodward Avenue as the . . . Map (db m155340) HM
94Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — Ferndale Center Building22750 Woodward — established 1929 —
At the southwest corner is the Ferndale Center Building. Originally named the C.H. Harrison Building, it housed the newly incorporated Ferndale City Hall offices in the 1930's. For many years, this three story building was the tallest structure in . . . Map (db m108232) HM
95Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — L1074 — Ferndale School
Constructed in 1915Map (db m34228) HM
96Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — Ferndale State Bank / Ferndale Fun Fact #1 / Ferndale History
(Side 1) Ferndale State Bank Historical Site 141 W. Nine Mile The Ferndale State Bank was the second bank in Ferndale, setting up shop within the former C.F. Smith Grocery store on July 1, 1924. Their early successes allowed . . . Map (db m155338) HM
97Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — Five and DimeHistorical Site — 280 W. Nine Mile —
In the early years of the Village of Ferndale, most of the businesses were located on Woodward Avenue because Nine Mile Road was categorized as residential. The houses located on the street were primarily on the north side. On the south side the . . . Map (db m155329) HM
98Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — From a Whisper to a Rallying CryMichigan Legal Milestone
"It's not fair." These were the last anguished words whispered by Vincent Chin as he lay dying, the victim of a hate crime on June 19, 1982. His words became a rallying cry for the Asian American community outraged at the lenient sentences his . . . Map (db m108319) HM
99Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — In Memory of Vincent Chin
The State Bar of Michigan 34th Michigan Legal Milestone marker commemorates Ferndale as the birthplace in 1983 of the pan-ethnic Asian American civil and victim's rights movement resulting in the formation of the civil rights organization . . . Map (db m108321) HM
100Michigan (Oakland County), Ferndale — 705 — Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection
During the 1950s, as Oakland County's population soared, the corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue became the most congested crossroad in Michigan. The solution, envisioned in a plan created by Detroit and its surrounding counties in the . . . Map (db m31894) HM

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