Down on the Farm in Oakland Township

The Oakland Township Historic District Commission to include Vintage Apron Exhibit at Event, as well as all the usual ‘Down on the Farm’ favorites

Three tractors on display

Down on the Farm 2019

The Oakland Township Historic District Commission will share a Vintage Apron Exhibit at their annual Down on the Farm event on Saturday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The exhibit will celebrate the newly restored clothesline at Cranberry Lake Farm and showcase a collection of vintage aprons. The history of aprons goes back to the Middle Ages when they were an essential accessory of tradespeople. Throughout the 1900s, aprons became a symbol of American home life and were often passed down through generations. The display at Cranberry Lake Farm will include aprons passed down from three generations of one family.

Down on the Farm is an annual event hosted by the Oakland Township Historic District Commission (HDC) and Oakland Township Historical Society with sponsorship by Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and activities provided by Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. Activities include hay rides, pumpkin painting, horses, chickens, goats, blacksmiths, beekeeping, tractors, games, and spinning and quilting. The event will be held at Cranberry Lake Farm at 388 W. Predmore Rd, Oakland Charter Township, MI, 48363. Admission is free for all ages.

A woman and horse

Down on the Farm

The Oakland Township Historic District Commission is funded by voter-approved millage funds in order to preserve historical places to educate and engage the public with events and opportunities. Cranberry Lake Farm, a 16 acre farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is maintained and managed by the HDC. The site features a main house dating back to the 1840s, a caretaker house, the Flumerfelt Barn, a carriage barn, a green house, a pond, and more.

The HDC hosts many events at Cranberry Lake Farm throughout the year focusing on environmental, agricultural, and historical topics. Connect with the HDC on Facebook at “Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District.”

There will be tons of fun family activities, free and open to the public, including a hayride, pumpkin painting, and horse grooming demonstration. There will be exhibits with quilters, spinners, local beekeeping, horse Farrier, blacksmiths, and chickens. New this year will be our apron exhibit. Local painters will be displaying their beautiful artwork, with talents of musicians to fill the historic district. Dinosaur Hill will have lawn games and the Parks and Recreation is pulling the hay wagon. Pumpkin painting is while they last – please allow dry time and enjoy the other activities. Oakland Township Historical Society will be selling Popz Beez honey, fresh from our very own CLF Bees.

Cranberry Lake Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is an exceptional example of a rural country farm preserved for today’s family to come out and enjoy their heritage. Checkout out our website for more information about Down on the Farm:

Just down the road the Oakland Township Fire Department will be celebrating their annual National Fire Prevention Month by hosting their annual open house from noon to 4:00 pm. Come on out to meet your local firefighters.

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