1860's Vintage Base Ball at the 2019 Haven Hill Festival

Goose Meadow Ball Field at Highland State Recreation Area

10:00 aM - 1:00 pM, Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are proud to host an 1860's reenactment base ball game each year at the Goose Meadow Ball Field in Highland State Recreation Area.

 The Haven Hill Barn Stormers Play the Gate House Family 9

This year’s Haven Hill Festival, a celebration of the Highland State Recreation Area and the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford estate, will be held on Saturday, October 19 and will run from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Activities will include historic exhibits, summer food and beverages, music, children’s activities, Model A Ford cars on display, and the historic base ball game at 10:00 am. Come on out and enjoy Haven Hill! People interested in supporting this year’s event, or playing in the base ball game, should call (248) 494-8919.

Historic base ball matches across America reenact some of the earliest periods of the game, when players had no gloves on their hands, wore more formal clothing as uniforms, and enjoyed the sport as a gentlemanly exercise.

Haven Hill Barn Stormers and the Gate House Family Nine

The first game at the Goose Meadow ball field at Haven Hill in 2010 was inspired by the Rochester Grangers, a vintage base ball team from the Rochester Museum at the Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester, Michigan. The Grangers sparked what is now a Haven Hill Festival tradition. The 2011 Festival interested enough players and fans to form two teams, allowing the Barn Stormers to play against the park’s new team the “Gate House Family Nine”. A "Nine" was a common name for a ball club in the era. Both teams are named after historic buildings at Haven Hill that are under renovation by the Friends group.