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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s almost here. The Haven Hill Project’s Fall History Hike. The reason we are extra excited about this hike, is it will be our first Fall season led exploration. And Fall is the very best time to explore at Haven Hill. With much of the foliage turning colors, or falling to the ground…..much is reveled at Haven Hill. Ford estate features that you would never notice, come to life and are very apparent.

This will also be an extra exciting History Hike, because we will be showing everyone, for the very first time, the Historic Ford Nature Trails. this huge area along the estate was developed by Jens Jensen the famous landscape architect. It was the private nature area for the Ford family and their guests.

Ornamental Fish ponds, The Island of Bridges, Mystery Hill, the Staircase to nowhere, and so many yet unexplained mysteries await us on our Fall History Hike.

So download the Hike flyer and join us for this Free History Hike at Highland Recreation Area. Everyone will receive a very detailed and up to date Map of the Haven Hill area of the Park, and all types of information, we are sure you have never heard, about this unique place, hiding in plain sight, at one of our State recreation areas.

Download a flyer for the Hike here;  HISTORY HIKE

Or go to the Haven Hill project web site for more info:  HHP web site

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