Golf at an Oakland County Park!

Looking for a place to spend a day on the greens, chipping, putting, and traveling across a beautiful golf course? You’re in luck because five Oakland County Parks maintain splendid golf courses. Whether you’re interested in the Arthur Hills-designed course of Lyon Oaks, a women’s league, beginner lessons, or a fast nine-holes at Red Oaks, Oakland County Parks has something to offer golfers of all ages and experience levels.

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Hiking the Highlands

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If your life feels like it’s becoming too fast-paced and distracted, perhaps it’s time to relax and refresh with an early spring nature embracing hike. The 5,900 acres of Highland State Recreation Area (HSRA), nestled away on the south side of M-59 in Highland and White Lake Township, might just be what the doctor ordered, and no prescription is needed. Find a hilly trail – that won’t be hard to do there – then walk slowly, stop often, be attentive to the sounds and your trail surroundings, and then the ways and wonders of nature will come alive. Such was the case last Sunday morning when I tagged along with the Crossroads Group of Sierra Club as they set out for a two-hour meander over and around the glacial features that dominate the park’s alluring landscape.

The Sierra adventurers and I met at the parking area adjacent to the old Edsel Ford Barn, a magnificent 15,000 square foot structure that was built in the early 1930s, but was severely damaged in a 2008 windstorm. Restoration work continues, thanks in part to the dedication and work of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA). A brief note on the history of the area is in order, for many hikers and visitors that come to Highland are unaware of the human history of the land, especially in the Haven Hills Natural Area section of the HSRA. Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, began purchased hilly property with lakes in northwest Oakland County in 1923 and later built an estate on the land in the section of HSRA known today as Haven Hill. Local history buffs are proud of the fact that in 1976 Haven Hill was registered as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. Before the morning was over I realized the combination of natural and human history makes Haven Hill and the rest of the HSRA one of the most exciting, yet for many, lesser known destinations on the Wilder Side of Oakland County. Continue reading

Huron Valley History Initiative Won Digitization Grant for The Milford Times!

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Do you remember seeing all of the #DigMilford tweets in your Twitter feed back in January? Well, all of those tweets led to something really worthwhile here in Oakland County! They helped the Huron Valley History Initiative to win a grant, valued at $2,500, to digitize The Milford Times.

The Huron Valley History Initiative (HVHI) is made up of The Milford Historical Society, the Milford Library and also historical groups and libraries from Highland Township, White Lake Township and Commerce Township.

The grant project is funded annually by the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment through Clarke Historical Library of Central Michigan University.

HVHI submitted their grant request to the Clarke Historical Library with the hope of preserving the history of Milford, Highland, White Lake and Commerce, as The Milford Times has the only continuous account of the area going back to 1871. They wanted the newspaper to be made available to all residents in an online format to provide easier and faster access. The Huron Valley area has a rich history and was once referred to as the “Up north playgrounds of the Detroit wealthy.” by the Detroit News. The HVHI is delighted that the documentation of the people, industries and way of life in Milford and surrounding communities will now be available online.

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