The Axford-Coffin farm, a nationally recognized historical farmstead of 10 structures dating back to the 1840s, is located in Cranberry Lake Park, on Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road.

The Axford-Coffin farm, a nationally recognized historical farmstead of 10 structures dating back to the 1840s, is located in Cranberry Lake Park, on Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road.

Photo by Linda Shepard


Get the buzz on history

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published April 17, 2019

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Find beekeeping classes, local history, nature and more at Cranberry Lake Park this spring.

Cranberry Lake Park offers beekeeping classes beginning in May. In addition, the archive room at the historical Cranberry Lake Farm main house is open to the public by appointment 1-4 p.m. each Wednesday.  

The historical Cranberry Lake Farm is located inside Cranberry Lake Park, on Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road.

The Oakland Township Historic District Commission maintains the farmstead as it develops into a community historical center.

“The farmstead has so much to offer in the way of telling our agricultural history,” Mario Ogu, an Oakland University intern working for the Historic District Commission, said in a statement.

Beekeeping classes will be held noon-1:30 p.m. May 11, June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 inside the park’s henhouse, with optional walking trips to the hives.

“We will cover the basics of bees and bee health, beehives and maintenance, and, of course, harvesting honey,”  Preston Zale, a master beekeeper, said in a statement.

Cranberry Lake Farm, a 16-acre farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the home of the Axford-Coffin farm, a nationally recognized historical farmstead of 10 structures dating back to the 1840s. Farm structures include the main house, a caretaker house, the Flumerfelt barn, a carriage barn, a spring house, a greenhouse, a henhouse, a  hatchling house, a reflection pond and more. The operation and maintenance of the site are funded by a voter-approved millage.

Cranberry Lake Park was purchased in 1996, and 22 additional acres were purchased using land preservation millage funds in 2003. The park’s 213 acres are located between Predmore Road and 32 Mile Road, and the park encompasses the western shoreline of Cranberry Lake. Currently, the park has no lake access.

The park also features extensive hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. The north end of the park’s trail system is connected to Addison Oaks County Park. Parking lots are located on Predmore Road and 32 Mile Road.

Beekeeping classes are offered for a $5 fee, which includes four sessions.

For more information about the farmhouse archive room or to register for the beekeeping classes, call (248) 608-6807 or email bbarber@oaklandtownship.org. 

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