Oakland Township, Oakland County, Michigan
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Thanks to Preservation Planner Barb Barber's work, this State of Michigan Historic Marker was dedicated at the Paint Creek Cider Mill in November 2019.

2019 Romeo Haunted History Trolley Tour Field Trip

In October 2019 Oakland Township Historical Society members enjoyed a close-up view of Tilson Street just before Halloween. 

Clarence Kremer Dollhouse Returns to Oakland Township

Clarence Kremer was a renowned Oakland Township carpenter. He was well known for displaying his craft by building clocks and dollhouses in addition to his primary business of building houses and other things in the area.  In 1976 he made a dollhouse for Jenny Lee Head, the daughter of Robert and Barbara Head who lived at 2720 Rochester Rd.

Mr. Kremer fashioned the dollhouse to be a replica of the 1837 farmhouse the Heads lived in at that time.  The large wooden home was originally built by Peter Kline, one of the earliest settlers of the Township.  The home remained with descendants of Kline until 1935 when it was sold to the Markle family that included daughter Gretchen. 

Jenny Head, in a 2007 write-up about the dollhouse said, (I) “spent my younger years collecting things for it, playing for many hours and having fun with the creative things you could do, like wall paper and carpet and much, much more.”

The dollhouse was moved from her parents house to Jenny’s home in Texas and remained in the crate Bob Head had made to ship it to his daughter for twenty years.  In 2007 Jenny shipped the dollhouse to Brian Atkins, a business partner of her dad in Rochester.  He had a daughter, Kendall, who was about the age Jenny was when she received the dollhouse.

Several years ago the dollhouse was purchased by a family in Macomb County and this year they made it available to the Oakland Township Historical Society.  It now resides in the Society’s Museum at Cranberry Lake Farm, keeping company with a grandfather clock also made by Clarence Kremer, and located in the Main House at Cranberry Lake Farm.

Detroitdvotion Takes a Fall Road Trip

Detroitdvotion is a personal blog covering Metro Detroit.  Their 2015 article highlighted a fall road trip to areas north including Oakland Township.

 Take a look!

Cranberry Lake
Barn Quilt

Design by Mary Asmus

40 Year Anniversary
1974 - 2014

Visit the News page to see the CMNtv video.

The Paint Creek Cider Mill, above, and the Paint Creek United Methodist Church, below, are two of our most significant landmark structures in Goodison.


Barn Quilt Trail

West Wynd Golf Course adds quilt to their barn

Sept 11, 2001 Remembered!

OTHS presents the third
Heritage Series Exhibit

"Oakland Township Remembered"
By Edward R. Noble.
A listing of the photographs
and order form.

It's the Berries!

Created by our talented local artist Lyn Sieffert, this booklet features a collection of cranberry recipes both savory and sweet. The booklet also features artwork of historic resources that you will treasure. The booklets are only $10 and can be purchased at our events and programs or by calling Sue Fox at 248-693-9646.

OTHS launches entry to
Oakland Regional
Historic Sites

"Barn on the Move"
DVD Available NOW


Oakland Township Historical Society was formed in 1974
by a group of dedicated individuals interested in
preserving the unique history of Oakland Township.
It's mission is to gather, interpret and preserve the history
of Oakland Township.
Today the Society is very active in the Township community
and is a registered 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.

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