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

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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.

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A wonderful day of hiking, history and Fall colors. Very impressive that over 70 people showed up to take in some of the areas history. Many great questions and some very interesting suggestions to the many unanswered questions surrounding the Ford estate on Haven Hill.

Most people told us how little information there is on-line concerning the Ford estate. We believe that Edsel & Eleanor Ford wanted their Home at Haven Hill to be private. Their Gaukler Pointe home in Grosse Pointe Shores is open for public tours, and there is much information available to the public.

There where many discussions on the Hike about this lack of information about the Haven Hill estate. We tried to share what we have learned about the estate, and there where many suggestions at why this magnificent estate and ground where kept quite through all these years. Some great conversations on this subject.

What was suppose to be a three hour Hike, turned into a 5 hour hike and exploration. This alone said alot about the interest in the many hidden historical aspects at Haven Hill.

The Haven Hill Project was very happy to share our studies over the last two years with all of you that came out for the History Hike. We hope it sparked some further interest in the history at Haven Hill and that everyone had just a nice time exploring and discovering the hidden historical treasures at Haven Hill in Highland Recreation Area.

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Just cannot wait for the Fall HISTORY HIKE. The weather is predicted to be PERFECT! Haven Hill is so beautiful at this time of year, and especially with the sun iluminating the Fall colors.

There will be much to see and experience on this HISTORY Hike, 10/9/10. Lots of great historical places to explore, while enjoying the unique natural environments at Haven Hill, Highland Recreation area.

Join us this Saturday for a very unique exsperience at Haven Hill in White Lake Twp. Get further details at the link below.

Haven Hill HISTORY Hike

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As we are getting things together for the Rochester Heritage festival on September 24th and 25th, we are also preparing for our Fall HISTORY HIKE at Haven Hill the first week in October. Somewhere inbetween all of that our first book release should be out too.

Take a look at the web site. We have been updating many things along with this new TOUR Video/Slideshow.

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September 25 & 26, Saturday and Sunday, at Rochester College, will be this years Heritage festival. All types of Organizations, History groups and activities will be going on all weekend.

The Haven Hill Project will be there in our booth, with info, handouts and all types of Free stuff. We are hoping to use the Festival as the unveiling of our first Book on the Haven Hill historical area at Highland Recreation area. We’ll have copies available through out the Festival weekend.

Join us and many other Historical organizations, entertainment, activities for the whole family, for this exciting weekend. Check out the Festival web site here:  Rochester Heritage Festival

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The HHP team has been logging the many plants and terrain in the main Haven Hill preserve area once again. On this Spring explorations we came across many of S.E. Michigan wildflowers and of course some of the Ford’s Nature Trail sign posts and nature area features. The many man-made ponds that the Fords created there is astounding. From ornamental stone-lined ponds, to large fish ponds. The series of stone dams and water-ways created to keep many of these ponds filled with water are still visible, yet unmaintained. This leaves many of the ponds dry, except for the rain water fill. The Fords private Nature trails are just beautiful, along with all the Spring blooms.

The HHP will be doing a special Hike of just the Ford Nature trails very soon. Ooops…..Did I say that. 🙂  Check out the new FLICKR feed for more pictures from our recent travels at Haven Hill.

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