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With the HAVEN HILL book to be released, weather-proof maps, pamphlets and History papers, there has been little time for any new field work or even much posting. All the final details are being finished in a mass release of many different informational media about the Haven Hill estate at Highland State Recreation area.

It has been two year now, of hundreds of exploration miles through out the Estate. Countless hours scouring over various archives around town, and endless hours editing text and hundred of photos for these many upcoming releases.

I hope it will have been worth the wait when everyone gets a chance to see the results of such extensive investigations, research, study and writings about the Ford family and their estate at Haven Hill. We will start releasing many of our projects very shortly, and the excitement here at our workshop and studio is electric. Stay tuned for the first announcements, right here on our Blog.

Available for 2011

We have been very busy getting all the work done on the HAVEN HILL book and a few other things that will be available along with the book release in the next few weeks now.

We will be releasing some waterproof trail maps of the Estate and Haven Hill Natural area, as well as an 11×17″ map of the entire Haven Hill Estate, the way it was in 1930 after most of it was completed. This map shows all the building locations, fences, rock walls, estate roads & ponds and horse and hiking trails. A great way to explore and discover at Haven Hill.

Slowly now, we have been doing renderings of all the structures at the Haven Hill Estate, the way they where in their hey-day. By using old photos, descriptions and physical examinations, we have been able to do colored drawings of these wonderful buildings. We are completing the Carriage House at this time and are almost done with the Farm houses/Horse Barn as well. The Lodge has been completed, along with most of the Gatehouse and Green Barn. The Pool and Tennis courts are next.

Those fine details

While looking over some old Ford family photos, we have been concentrating not on just what is in the foreground of these pictures, but what is in the back round, and the subtleties of everything going on in that picture.

Looking at a family photo taken of Edsel, Eleanor, the children and Edsel’s mom Clara, we noticed something very endearing. Josephine, Edsel’s only daughter, was standing to the left of her fathers Edsel. She has a two-hand clasp of her Dad’s hand and is looking up at him, and not at the camera. You can see the admiration and love just oozing from Josephine, for her father, Edsel.

It has been these types of observations of the many photos we have studied, that make much of this tedious research a great pleasure.

Hiking Michigan will be assisting us in a very special Tour of the Ford estate and the Natural area surrounding the Estate shortly. This extra special tour will be by reservations only, in order to hold the number of hikers to less then 20.

We are holding this special Hike/Your to celebrate the release of both our “Guide Booklet” and hardcover book called simply, “HAVEN HILL”. We wanted this special Tour to be able to visit and examine some of the special and little know places through out the Estate. Something we could not accomplish with the groupd of 75 people we have been getting at past HISTORY HIKES.

Stay tuned of more details and announcement on a first come first serve reservation for this very special Tour. You will simply be bowled over at what you will see and explore with this small group on this unique and extra special Hike/Tour.

So stay tuned for details and be the first of 20 people attending this Tour.

New FEATURES Picts.

Check out the FEATURES Page here on the Blog. We just updated the photos and information there.

We have just finished the first phase of our web updates in preparations for our Book, Guide booklet and Complete Tour Video releases. The updated site has new pictures, information and newly detailed maps and history sheets available now.

The next release will be our Guide Booklet. A spiral-bound book, with our very best and detailed map as an extended fold-out. It will include many of the high-resolution images as the hardcover Book, but at a less expensive price.

The Guide Booklet will be followed by the feature Video called “The Complete Tour of HAVEN HILL”. The Video is a copulation of the last two years of filming and the thousands of pictures taken during these research years. Both the Guide Book and Video will be out in the next two weeks.

Our hard-covered Book, called simply,” HAVEN HILL”, The Study of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate at Haven Hill, Highland Recreation area. The hardcover Book will contain much of the last two years of research, investigations, trails wanderings, Archival searches and endless miles of bushwhacking almost every square inch of the Ford estate and the Haven Hill Natural area.

All coming, starting the end of November!

Here are two pages from the 10 pages of History describing Haven Hill at Highland Recreation area. These are excerpts from the upcoming book called, “HAVEN HILL“, The study of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford estate at Haven Hill, Highland Recreation area, Oakland county, Michigan.

You can download a copy of this condensed history at this Link:

HAVEN HILL HISTORY


While putting the finishing touches on the Book release for December 1st, we created some drawings of what the Lodge looked like before it was burned away in 1999. Just thought you all would like a look at one of the renderings.

The view is of the Lodge’s north side, with the beautiful Veranda that overlooked Haven Hill lake in the distance before the years of tree growth.

Finally…….after a number of re-edits, re-formatting and updates, we are in our final draft to the Printers for our first book entitled simply, “HAVEN HILL”, The study of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford estate at Haven Hill. It is what we think are the basics of our almost 2 years of research at Haven Hill, the Edsel Ford estate at Highland recreation area.

It has been a long road to this point, and we have left much out of this first Book. but we thought it was time to get the basics and some details, as a foundation to further Book releases on this subject.

The Book should be out in December, followed by a matching Video of the same name. “HAVEN HILL”. The Video will have the latest detailed photos, short Video clips and many details and descriptions of our research and the Haven Hill estate. Also as part of these two releases, will be new details Maps of the Park, Historical maps, detailed maps of just the way the estate was, when the Ford family was living there, and a couple of detailed drawings of the Lodge and other estate features.

We will post an official availability date as soon as our Publisher lets us know. We are very excited about getting our research and hard work published and shown to the public. There is so very little out there on the Edsel Ford estate, and the Book and Video should fill in many gaps on the available information on Haven Hill and even the Natural area that surrounds the estate.

Look for official release dates on the Book and accompanying Video very shortly.

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