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.
The Friends of Highland Recreation Area volunteers are proud to announce a season-opening event at Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan. To celebrate the arrival of the 2013 spring and summer season, the “Redbud Reveal” will be held from 12 noon until 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 28. Visitors are encouraged to come and see the historic Haven Hill Gate House, the Edsel Ford Barn, the Carriage House, and informative art and history displays atop Haven Hill.
At 1:00 pm, FOHRA President Mr. Dick Russell will give a public address on the Gate House lawn highlighting the Friends group’s recent activities and event plans for the coming year. Light refreshments will be served among the many new trees planted last fall around Edsel and Eleanor Fords’ beautiful historic estate entrance.
This weekend the Friends of Highland Rec and a volunteer great crew of experienced professional plasterers began repairing the interior walls of the Haven Hill Gate House. The wonderful historic building is at the entrance to the Highland State Recreation Area across the road to the east of the entrance station.
The interior walls have been prepared and insulation has been installed prior to the application of the new plaster.
Above: The Haven Hill Gate House walls before the plaster installation. Saturday, December 7, 2012.
Above: The Haven Hill Gate House walls AFTER the plaster installation. Saturday, December 7, 2012.
Above: One of the crew of volunteer plasterers applies fresh material to the new interior walls at the Haven Hill Gate House.
More new windows will go in soon. The Gate House garage work is a great example of the progress of the Friends group. Great to see these historic buildings coming to life again!
Redbud Reveal at the Haven Hill Gate House The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are once again proud to announce a season-opening event at the Haven Hill Gate House at the entrance to the Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan. We’ve had an early arrival of spring-like weather and beautiful flowering tree blooms at the park this year. To celebrate the arrival of the 2012 spring/summer season the “Redbud Reveal” will be held on the lawn of the Haven Hill Gate House at 1:00 pm, Sunday, April 29. Casual refreshments will be served. This year’s kick-off address by FOHRA President Mr. Dick Russell will be highlighted by the first annual “Art on the Hill” exhibit up on Haven Hill Road. This will be the first of several art exhibits this year on Haven Hill.
Art on the Hill: Maps Art – Haven Hill in Place and Time The Friends group will present a beautiful and informative display of “Maps Art – Haven Hill in Place and Time” on Haven Hill throughout the day Sunday, April 29, starting after 9:00 am. The exhibit is a wonderful show of area history and information presented through the art of cartography. Guests are welcome to enjoy a beautiful walk up Haven Hill whilst enjoying the display.
Please bring your family and friends and join us in the Park on Sunday, April 29 to start the 2012 season at Haven Hill. We’d love to have you!
Go to www.fohra.org for more information about 2012 FOHRA events and the Friends of Highland Recreation Area.
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Members of Highland State Recreation Area’s support group, FOHRA, got together on November 8 and cleared away years of brush in front of the Haven Hill Gate House. The old building can now be seen from the M-59 entrance station as visitors enter the park.
Above: Heavy brush blocks the view of the Haven Hill Gate House.
Above: Members clip and pull the years of brush that had obscured the Gate House from view.
Above: FOHRA members Tim Wiles and Jerry McManus review the clearing.
Above: The Haven Hill Gate House, once the entrance to Edsel Ford’s Haven Hill Estate, exposed to public view beyond the entrance station turn-around at Highland Recreation Area.
Above: Friends of Highland Recreation Area marvel at the new view.
FOHRA plans to improve these sites within the park. The Haven Hill Gate House may become an informative Visitors Center some day. Come on out and help the effort. Visit www.fohra.org for more info.