The annual Haven Hill Festival coming at the end of the month. Make sure to save the date Saturday, August 29, from 10 am until 3:00 pm to come to Highland State Recreation Area. Vintage base ball, Model A Ford car show, history of Haven Hill, and summer foods and beverage for everyone!
In the 1920’s Henry Ford visited and spoke at the Howell Opera House. Related and virtually unknown is the fascinating story of his only son Edsel and his wife Eleanor who, in 1923, embarked on the creation of a 2,300 acre working farm state on present day M-59 just east of Livingston County. They named their farm estate Haven Hill. For some 20-23 years Edsel, Eleanor, and their four children – Henry II, Benson, Josephine, & William Clay (past owner of Detroit Lions), enjoyed Haven Hill as a refuge and retreat. Edsel tragically died in 1943 at the young age of 49 years and the estate was passed on, by his wife Eleanor, to the Michigan Department of Conservation (today Mich. Dept.
of Natural Resources).
On Wednesday April 29, at 7 pm, the Haven Hill story will fittingly be told at the Howell Opera House with a presentation by the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA).
Come learn of the estate architecture and unique landscape setting plus hear of the
estates many world famous guests and visitors such as Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Admiral Byrd who first flew over the North and South Poles, and the Duke of Windsor from England’s Royal Family just to name a few. The evening will include a very entertaining video presentation of the history of Haven Hill and an update on accomplishments to date and future plans. Also on display, for
one night only, will be select nature photographs of the area plus a fine art portrait series paying tribute to the people of Haven Hill.
Date: April 29, 2015 Location: Howell Opera House 123 W. Grand River, Howell MI Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM Program Starts 7:30 PM Admission is free – Public Welcome
For more information & contacts:
Dick Russell – Friends of Highland Recreation Area
Phone: Cell: 248-563-7428 Email: FireExplr2@aol.com
Sharon Fisher – Howell Opera House
Phone: 517-294-7562 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this GREAT old film of amazing young Mickey Burns with Brace Beemer, the original Lone Ranger, in a cameo for the city of Pontiac, Michigan on YouTube… Historic video produced with scenes filmed at the Haven Hill Lodge!
Read a terrific news article about the original of the film HERE.