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.
This years’ 4th of July Parade in Milford, Michigan will be held on Saturday, July 3 at 11 am. The Friends of Highland Recreation Area will walk and drive in the parade to promote the Highland State Recreation Area, the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford Haven Hill estate within the park, and the upcoming summer “Haven Hill Festival”. The Festival will be held from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, August 28th in the Goose Meadow picnic area of the park. A vintage 1929 Model A Ford, driven by Chuck and Jean Sherman, members of the Livingston A’s driving club, will escort FOHRA’s members the length of the parade. Come on out and enjoy supporting FOHRA in the community!