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Ford Family Farm Estate subject of program at Howell Opera House

In the 1920s, Henry Ford spoke at the Howell Opera House. Related and virtually unknown is the fascinating story of his only son, Edsel, and Edsel’s wife, Eleanor, who created a 2,300-acre working farm on present-day M-59, just east of Livingston County. The couple named the farm estate Haven Hill.

For over two decades, Edsel, Eleanor and their four children – Henry II, Benson, Josephing and William Clay (past owner of the Detroit Lions), enjoyed Haven Hill as a refuge and retreat. Edsel died in 1943 at the age of 49, and the estate was passed on by his wife to the Michigan Department of Conservation.

Haven Hill’s story will be told at the Howell Opera House during a presentation by the Friends of Highland Recreation Area at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. The presentation will include information about the estate’s architecture and unique landscape setting. Attendees will also learn about the estate’s world-famous guests and visitors, like Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Admiral Byrd, and the Duke of Windsor.

There will be an entertaining video presentation of the history of Haven Hill, an update on accomplishments to date, and plans for the future. On display that evening will be select nature photographs of the area, plus a fine art portrait series paying tribute to the people of Haven Hill.

For more information, contact Dick Russell at 248.563.7428, or Sharon Fisher at 517.294.7562.

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