This last Saturday, September 27, the Friends of Highland Recreation put on a terrific display of history and experiences at the Edsel Ford Barn inside the Highland Recreation Area. The group decorated a large tent with straw bales, pumpkins, mums, and corn stalks to welcome their public guests. People from all around came to see the injured but awesome Edsel Ford Barn and learn of its' uncertain future. The barn was severely damaged after years of neglect by a severe storm on June 8 of this year.
Everyone was enthusiastic about the preservation/restoration cause.
Displays included old findings from inside the barn and the surrounding area, a Boy Scouts' "Snow Snake" and badges display, and various informative materials about the Highland Recreation Area.
The FOHRA continues to seize opportunities such as the Barn Tour to inform the public of the valuable historic resources that need attention in the Recreation Area. The Haven Hill complex at the Highland Recreation Area contains an historic gatehouse, carriage house, and lodge ruins amongst all of its' natural beauty.
A decision regarding the Edsel Ford Barn's future from the Department of Natural Resources is expected as soon as this week.