Drake Farmstead Park | Oshtemo Township

Drake Farmstead Park

Drake House Exterior

Oshtemo Township’s newest community park will open in spring 2020. With the historic Drake House at its heart, the park will feature a new timber frame carriage barn for programs and events, walking trails, interpretive signs on nature and history, a picnic shelter, and parking lot. The park will be open daily from sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for hiking, picnicking, and enjoying nature. The historic house will be open for special events and programs hosted by the Oshtemo Historical Society. Accessible restrooms are available in the carriage barn during park hours.

Barn structure complete

Park History:  In 2004, Oshtemo Township purchased the historic brick farmhouse on this site to save it from demolition. That same year, the Oshtemo Historical Society formed to help guide restoration of the farmhouse. Over the following decade, the Township acquired 26 acres of the original farm. In 2015,  residents and Township officials envisioned the land and house becoming a place to take a walk, enjoy nature, and learn about the history of the Drake family and the surrounding area. The result is Drake Farmstead Park.

Woods at the Drake Farmstead Park

Though the land was farmed for centuries, many years of neglect allowed invasive trees, shrubs, and other plants to take over the land and farm buildings to deteriorate. Park volunteers are working to remove invasive plants and restore the native landscape. The old barns are long gone, but their foundations remain. Over time, they will be revealed to help us imagine the historic farmstead.

Park Future: Eventually, our farm park will have walking trails that wind through woodland, oak savanna, and prairie landscapes, a garden where you can learn to grow your own vegetables and fruits, historically-inspired flower beds, a gazebo for outdoor concerts and events, and a windmill like that of the Drakes.Walking trail at Drake Farmstead Park

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