The Historic District Commission promotes Cranberry Lake Farm for enjoyment and education through voter approved preservation millage funds, which includes the maintenance, operations, and development of Cranberry Lake Farm as a community historical center. Come out and enjoy!

Sq Dance barn photo boy


he next regular HDC meeting is on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM located at the main Township Hall, 4393 Collins Road, Rochester, Michigan.  For further information, please contact Barbara Barber, Historic Preservation Planner, at the office number 248-608-6807 or  

The Historic District Commission normally meets the third Wednesday of the month in the Township Hall Board Room located at 4393 Collins Road, Oakland Township, Michigan 48306.  However, some meetings are held at Cranberry Lake Farm or at the Paint Creek Cider Mill building, so it is best to check the agenda with the posted location. 

The Historic District Commission Agendas, online Meeting Packet, and Meeting Minutes can now be viewed at the eCode360 website.   For the Meeting packet, please open the link called Misc. Documents. 

Link to the conceptual landscape master plan for Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District.  We are VERY EXCITED about the ideas. Funding for the landscape architect Brian Devlin, RLA, Nagy Devlin Land Design is provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Michigan Preservation Funds. 

Link to HDC Newsletter Pages! Read all about the activities!
A very special ceremony was held at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District on the main house porch!  Go to our user permits to see more of the special photos and how you may reserve the site for your special gathering. Rental pricing and application is located in the left hand column under User Permits and Fees. Thank you!      

Photo credits to Brett Loie.
wedding main house porch

The HDC office is located in the second floor of the Paint Creek Mill Building, 4480 Orion Road.  HDC office hours normally from 8 am to 4:30 PM. However, due to working in the field and/or evening meetings, hours may be adjusted.  Please feel free to stop in during those hours, or call to confirm an appointment if you wish to speak with Barbara. Thank you.

"It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future." William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America

Mission StatementCranberry Lake Farm Historic District Main House

The mission of the Charter Township of Oakland Historic District Commission is to promote and preserve the rich heritage of our township by safeguarding its historical resources. This is accomplished through the following:
  • Cultivating an appreciation for the heritage of Oakland Township.
  • Educating our residents about the value of preserving the buildings, structures and areas that have contributed to this heritage.
  • Encouraging the listing of new resources so that future generations can benefit from them.
  • Administering the Charter Township of Oakland’s Historic District Ordinance, Ordinance 37A.
  • Collaborating with other commissions and groups that have a mutual interest in preserving our Township’s heritage.


Chairperson:  David A. Phillips (term expires 5/21)
Vice Chair:  Gene Ferrera (term expires 5/20)
Secretary:  John Sanderson (term expires 5/22)

Commissioners: Ron Bargy (term expires 5/21) Robert Bowen (term expires 5/21) Bruce Parkinson (term expires 5/22) Donald Westphal (term expires 5/20)

Historic District Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Trustees and serve three-year terms.

Some Fun Events photos: