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After a couple of years of clean up and stabilization efforts by the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA), the group has begun the effort to begin Rebuilding the Edsel Ford Barn. The group began by building wall sections to replace the damaged portion of the structure. Once the side walls are in place the group intends to start replacing the rafters and roof sections on the remaining portion of the barn.

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area Monthly Meetings are held on the First Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held at the White Lake Community Hall located on M-59 in White Lake, Michigan. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM

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FOHRA
P.O. Box 800
Highland MI. 48357

Phone: 
248-787-1750

Fax:     
248-232-1531
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Who We Are

 

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) was established in 2007, and is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization operating under lease agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

In what has the potential to be the most fascinating and historically significant park in lower Michigan, our goal is to combine the former Haven Hill history with Highland Recreation Area’s existing recreation.

 

Contact information:

 

Friends of Highland Recreation Area

P.O. Box 800

Highland, MI 48357

Phone: 248-787-1750

FAX: 248-232-1531

Email: info@friendsofhighlandrec.org

 

Highland Recreation Area

5200 E. Highland Rd.

White Lake, MI 48383

Phone: 248-889-3750

 

Highland Recreation Area is located west of Pontiac on Highland Rd. (M-59)

between Duck Lake and Bogie Lake Roads

 

             Highland Recreation Area is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

every day of the year, including holidays

A visit is literally a “day in the park”

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Making Our Mark In The Park

 

Welcome to the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) website! We are a growing group of Michigan residents, business owners and organizations, joining forces for a very simple concept: to bring to life a former recreational  estate of Edsel Bryant Ford—for everyone to enjoy!

 

With a fascinating story waiting to be told, our plan will provide a very enriching experience for schools (and all ages!) throughout the state of Michigan—covering the estate’s natural and structural history, the Ford family, and even the backgrounds of such  guests as Thomas Edison and Charles Lindbergh.          

 

 

Under lease agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our efforts will combine the estate’s extraordinary qualities with the existing recreation of  Highland Recreation Area. This includes miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding amid scenery that can only be likened to that of our northern peninsula. In the end, it will be a very rewarding experience!

 

 

First however, requires the rehabilitation of its three remaining structures. It is this chapter in the estate’s history that needs everyone’s help, and where you can add your name to the pages!

 

If you’re a Michigan resident, bear in mind that this is our park—any help you offer is for all of us! And you can do so without any heavy commitments. Stop in any workday you choose for example, or help us fulfill the materials list. Non-residents or those wishing to make donations can visit our Membership Information page, or you can simply refer friends and family to our website.

 

In any case, please know that we would rather this website be a fun and  fascinating visit—not a recruiting tool. But with the clock ticking on this current chapter, making new Friends is our first priority! So while you’re here, please take the time to see how you can make your mark in the park!

 

And from all of us to you, thank you for your interest!  

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Huron Valley Volunteer of the Year” 2012







The Friends of Highland Recreation Areas President Dick Russell named as The Huron Valley Volunteer of the Year. Dick Russell is currently the president of the Friends Group. 

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Welcome, if you have been here before, you will notice that we have updated our Web Site. We are updating the FOHRA story as it is continuously changing. Please share with us your thoughts, and if you have an idea of a topic you would like to see, please let us know. We look forward to your participation. Take a peek around, and if you can, please share your thoughts. If you can join us, please do so, follow the Membership Button on the top of the page, or you can securely donate using the Donate Button above. Be sure to visit our Blog for additional information on the FOHRA Story!

Thank You for your continued support. FOHRA!
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To view our past FOHRA articles, please click on the link below!

 

Past Articles...

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The rebuilding of the Edsel Ford Barn has Begun! The FOHRA have begun to replace the deteriorated walls at the Edsel Ford Barn. The group began with building new walls, and the installation was on April 15. 2012. The group spent a couple of weekend days building the walls, and a group of volunteers came out to erect the walls. This is just another step in the rebuilding of the Edsel Ford Barn.


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FOHRA February Meeting CANCELLED!!

The FOHRA Feb, 2014 Meeting has been Cancelled due to weather. The meeting will be rescheduled for Feb. 12th, 2014 at 7:00PM.

Skill Sets Needed

· Grant Writer

· Security

· Asbestos Removal

· Plumbers

· Electricians

· Carpenters

If you have any of the skills available above and are willing to join a Fun Group of people,  or provide any of the equipment listed below, please contact us as we could sure use your help. Thank You!

Material Donations

· Storage Shed

· Trash Cans

· Shovels

· Rakes (all kinds)

· Wheelbarrow

· Dumpsters

Please Be sure to check out our Calendar page for the updated list of current Work Bee Dates!!