Highland State Recreation Area’s New Cedar Creek Trail at Haven Hill Festival
Come walk, jog, ride a bike, or bring your horse to the new Cedar Creek Trail on August 29th
In addition to the Haven Hill Historic Structures, Model A Ford cars, Vintage Base Ball game, History and Art Displays, and Summer Foods and Fun, the new Cedar Creek Trail at Highland State Recreation Area will be featured at the 2015 Haven Hill Festival. The beautiful Cedar Creek hiking, biking, and equestrian trail is a wonderful addition to the Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area in White Lake, Michigan.
Come out to the Haven Hill Festival on Saturday, August 29 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and enjoy a day in Your state park. Use the new Cedar Creek Trail to go to and from Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s historic Haven Hill Gate House and the main Festival grounds at Goose Meadow.
The Haven Hill Festival is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event in its 7th year at Highland State Recreation Area. The Festival is organized by the volunteer members of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area. The celebration has grown yearly, and will continue to be enjoyed by local residents as well as the surrounding communities, now and into the future.
The Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area is entered via the main gate at 5200 Highland Road (M-59) between Duck Lake and Bogey Lake roads. The Festival is provided to the public at no charge, and entry into the state park is now via the Recreation Passport on your license plate.
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
Watching Model A Ford automobiles driving around and through the Gate House grounds of the Haven Hill Gate House on August 27, 2014 during the Haven Hill Festival was fantastic. It reminded everyone of how Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s grand country estate must have been back in the 1920’s.
The following video of the 2014 event recorded the fun. Enjoy!
Edsel and Eleanor could never have envisioned that recorded “television” movie pictures of their property from something called a “high-definition video camera” would be available to millions of people on something called “YouTube” on the “Internet”. But they would indeed be proud of the volunteers of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area and folks like the Livingston A’s for all of their efforts to refurbish their once beautiful estate and educate adults and children about the amazing history in the Highland State Recreation Area.
Saturday, August 23rd, at Haven Hill in Highland State Recreation Area
The Haven Hill Festival is a celebration of the amazing natural and historic resources of the Highland State Recreation Area and the former Edsel and Eleanor Ford Haven Hill Estate. This year’s free event will include activities for everyone of all ages. Vintage Model A Ford cars will be on display and an 1860’s Base Ball match will start at 10:00 am with live brass band music performed by the Novi Brass. Summer foods and beverages will be available for purchase while enjoying these other great activities:
Model A Ford Car Display
1860’s Vintage Base Ball Game with Base Ball History Information
Edsel and Eleanor Ford Haven Hill Estate Historic Photographs and Found Items Displays
Children’s Activities Tent
Drawing Fundraiser for a Night’s Stay at Highland State Rec Area’s Bass Lake Cabin
Haven Hill National Landmark Area Photography Exhibit
Art Exhibits at the Haven Hill Gate House
Haven Hill Gate House Garage: Open to the Public
Self-guided Tours of the Haven Hill Lodge Footprint
Volunteers Dressed in Period Attire
The Festival will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 between 10 am and 3 pm at the Goose Meadow Picnic site and ball field. Follow signs in the park to the Festival on the day of the event. The Haven Hill section of the park can be entered at 5200 Highland Road (M-59) between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake roads. The Festival is provided to the public at no charge, while entry into Highland State Recreation Area is now via the Recreation Passport on your license plate. Day passes are available for a nominal charge at the front gate if you do not have a Recreation Passport. Food and beverage sales serve as a fundraiser for the Friends of Highland Recreation Area volunteer organization. These funds will be directed towards the general operations of FOHRA and their continuing efforts to revitalize the historic Edsel Ford Haven Hill estate structures within the park.
The Haven Hill Festival is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event now in its’ 6th year at Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan. The celebration continues to benefit the state park and the surrounding communities now and into the future.