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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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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!

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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


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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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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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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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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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Stop in and see our latest displays and finding from Haven Hill at the 33rd annual Rochester Heritage festival. This Sat. & Sun. Oct. 25th & 26th, from 10am-6pm each day.

Take a look at what we have been exploring. See some of the latest pictures and discoveries at the Edsel Ford estate on Haven Hill. We will also have a final copy of our soon to be released Book on hand for examination.

The festival has FREE admissions and FREE parking, so there is no better way to spend the start of the Fall season then roaming the beautiful grounds of the Rochester college campus.

Entertainment, Displays, Scheduled activities, Food and much more will be happening through out the entire weekend. Hope to see you all there!

More info for the festival here:  Heritage festival

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Completed some further measurements to confirm our original Lodge room and utilities layout for the about to be published Book on Haven Hill. While at the Hill this weekend, we also did some extensive work on photographing and verifying the main Water system for the Estate. This massive Well Pump pictured below is one of the biggest available even by today’s standards. Pulling water from 380 feet below ground and then pumping it up to the top of the Hill and feeding the Lodge and Carriage House, as well as the Pool and Fountain. A truly massive and powerful Water Pumping system.

The Estate and it’s infrastructure just never ceases to amaze us at just what Edsel put into the Estate buildings, grounds and entire infrastructure. From the earliest and still one of the best septic systems even by today’s systems, to this massive and very efficient Well Pumping water system he installed to provide clean water for all the buildings and including the Pool water and constant flowing Fountain. Just amazing for that time period, and still amazing today.

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