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Historical Byer's Homestead

This park is located across from Mill Race Park on Commerce Road south of the historical village. This 2.5 acre farm was settled in 1825 by Abram Walrod, the first European settler in the township. The farmhouse and the outside buildings have relatively unchanged. The Township purchased the property in 1998. The property contains a barn, which is used as a Country store, a duck barn a pantry (“Grandma’s Pantry”), a storage barn, an outhouse and the primary residence, which was originally built in 1930.

The site contains a historical farmhouse that houses a variety of antique items. Restoration of the farmhouse foundation will allow it to be re-opened for public viewing. Additionally, the bridge across the river leading to the county store is scheduled to be replaced by the Oakland County Road Commission. Also on this site is the barn where an old style county store still operates with penny candy, handcrafted items, knickknacks and a line of Michigan made products. The barn is open Wednesday thru Friday 2-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm. Cracked corn can be purchased at the barn or from a vending machine, located on the small duck barn, for visitors to feed the ducks swimming in the Huron river as it flows through the site.