Greenmead Historic Park, Livonia

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The historic farmsite known as Greenmead was purchased by the City of Livonia in 1976. It serves as a legacy of Michigan's agricultural heritage as well as a multi-faceted recreational and cultural facility hosting a number of major special events each year. This 95-acre parksite was the 1820's homestead of Michigan pioneer, Joshua Simmons. It includes the original farm complex, Historical Village, picnic facilities and recreational areas. The Historical Village at Greenmead was established to protect and preserve several locally significant structures that would have been lost to development at their original locations.

The farm complex features an 1841 Greek Revival farmhouse and its outbuildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm maintains its unique architectural character and is significant in that nine of its eleven original outbuildings are still intact. Built in 1829, the North Barn was the first barn built in Livonia Township. The Simmons family lived in a modest frame house, while the barn, a building of primary importance, was the first major structure completed. Together, the buildings tell the story of farm life in rural Michigan. In 1920, Sherwin Hill, a prominent Detroit attorney purchased the farm and raised dairy cattle until his death in 1961.

Greenmead is an historical village with an 1800's farm complex and a recreated four corner of Livonia history. The four corner part of the complex has a church,the church rectory, a school house, a bungalow and a store. There are two homes in the village area that predate the civil war.

Greenmead hosts many spectacular events each year. The Scotish Highland games are a favorite, there are flea markets, car shows, weddings in the church, banquets in the "Blue" house and many social gatherings.

There is a full time staff and many many volunteers that keep the festivities humming.

There are teas held several times a year and they are almost completely staffed by the volunteers. If you like to "do tea" these teas are a must, the food is good and there are always great programs.
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  • I have been to a few events here and it is a nice park setting. They are working on improving the historical buildings and have a working farm and plenty of parking  more »
  • Always go for their large yard sale in the Spring and fall. Just a wonderful place to drive-in hang out and check out the gardens as well as pick up some grass and have a picnic  more »

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