OTHS Announces Big Wheel Fund Drive
The Oakland Township Historical Society is conducting a drive to raise funds to repair and rebuild the Big Red Logging Wheels in front of the Paint Creek Cider Mill.
The funds raised will be donated to the Township Historic District Commission on June 30th to support the efforts of the HDC to repair and rebuild the wheels.
The Historical Society will match the first $5,000 donated to the fund.
The logging wheels have been a fixture at the Paint Creek Cider Mill for decades going back to Dale O. Miller's (Rochester Gear Works) ownership in the mid-1940s. The wheels’ history dates to an 1875 invention by Silas C Overpack, from Manistee, Michigan, at the request from local farmers to help transport timbers. While these wheels were restored in 2006 by members of OTHS, various wood rot patches, a broken tongue in 2019, and a rotten axel in 2021 required repair. The continuous decay and wood rot will eventually result in their loss to our community forever if action is not taken.
The HDC has determined that a complete rebuild is required and has located a company that can do the job. The OTHS members intends to collect a sufficient amount to make it possible for the HDC to complete the job and save this symbol of the Township’s history for future generations.
DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO OTHS 384 W. PREDMORE RD, OAKLAND, MI 48363
Meadowbrook Hall Tour
Explore rarely seen areas of The Hall on this special tour, which includes staff wings, bathrooms, closets, and playrooms.
About this event
Rochester-Avon Historical Society and Oakland Township Historical Society are pleased to offer society members a chance to meet and share lunch and a Behind-the-Scenes tour at Meadow Brook Hall on Saturday, May 21 beginning at noon. Space is limited so register early. Registration closes on April 30.
UPDATE: The day begins with a tour of the hall and the little seen areas at 12 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. (see menu items below), but if you have dietary restrictions please indicate either when you register or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees will provide their own transportation to and from Meadow Brook Hall. Please arrive by 11:45 and meet at the main entrance to the Hall.
Lunch Entree: Citrus Chicken – Pan roasted breast of chicken, citrus artichoke cream and crispy capers. Served with wild rice pilaf, poached French beans and mushroom cream.
Dessert: All-American Apple Pie – Presented with bourbon caramel sauce, whipped cream and a spearmint sprig.
Tickets are on sale now! Even if you've been to Meadow Brook Hall before, there is always something new to delight in! Also, you'll meet other local history enthusiasts and enjoy a delicious meal with friends. You are also welcome to bring a friend -- space is available for a limited time.