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TOUR HISTORIC HOME DESIGNED BY MICHIGAN’S FIRST FEMALE ARCHITECT AT UPCOMING FARMINGTON HILLS LECTURE

She was a graduate of Syracuse University, at a time when few women were graduating in what was then a traditionally “male” field: architecture. She founded Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity, broke ground as the first licensed female architect in the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Parking in downtown Farmington

Cars park on both sides of Grand River in this photo of circa 1930s Farmington, taken looking east at the tree-lined Grand River/Farmington Road intersection. Click here for the then-and-now slider. Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Oakwood Cemetery

The first person buried at Farmington’s Oakwood Cemetery was a Mr. Green, the village cobbler, in 1825. For a long time, the Memorial Day parade ended at the top of the hill at the back of the cemetery, by the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: McGee Hill

  You know that “jog” that Farmington Road makes at Shiawassee, after it dead-ends in front of the First Baptist Church? Back in the day, Farmington Road ran straight through, angling down McGee Hill in a sharp, steep curve. By … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Salem church

In May 1902, 500 people watched as the cornerstone for the Salem Evangelical Church (now Salem United Church of Christ) was laid at 33424 Oakland, a block north of downtown Farmington. During World War I, a Red Cross sewing circle … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Slocum House

This house at 33702 Oakland, two blocks north of downtown, was built in 1924 and was once home to the Slocum family. The tiny tree in the front yard still stands, and the area to the right of the house, … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Orchard-Ten strip mall

Farmington’s first strip mall outside the downtown was the Bel-Aire Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Orchard Lake and 10 Mile, which opened in July 1959. This photo is from the Farmington Enterprise; the caption notes that the center … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Bel-Aire plane crash

On October 9, 1960, a single-engine plane carrying three people crash-landed at Prospect and Loomis in the Bel-Aire subdivision, just west of Farmington High, where the St. Leo football team was playing Our Lady of Sorrows. It crashed in the … Continue reading

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Saving the Farmington Barn

LATEST: The “open house” to view the barn, scheduled for Sunday 2/11, has been cancelled due to a heavy snowstorm. It will be rescheduled, and we’ll post a notification when that date is set. This is the saga of the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River and Oakland

These three “Main Street” houses, as the caption on this old photo calls them, once stood at the northwest corner of Grand River and Oakland, one block west of downtown Farmington. The blue house at left still remains, as does … Continue reading

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