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!

he next regular HDC meeting is on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM. For further information, please contact Barbara Barber, 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 unless otherwise stated on the public agenda. Most of 2020, the meetings have been held virtually. 
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. 


Art Class with Janet Almstadt-Davison 

HAS BEEN RESCHEDULE FOR ALL TUESDAY'S IN APRIL - 6, 13, 20, 27. Please sign up by April 1 and plan to show up Tuesday’s 10 am to 12 pm for Four weeks of classes. Location: Paint Creek Cider Mill 4480 Orion Road, Oakland Twp.  
The sessions are progressive and build on the previous week.
Cost: $120 per person for all four dates (Class size limit of 9 maximum)
Please bring your own materials and a mask. 
We will be practicing social distancing of six feet.

Reserve your space when we have the dates confirmed by contacting the HDC
Office 248-608-6807 or
(Payment can be brought to the first class.)
Art students will be working with a set-up still life and should bring their choice of art materials, painting/drawing surface, sketchbook and plastic cover in order to protect surfaces. Janet will do a short demo with examples and critique the work 
Janet Almstadt-Davison has been a Plein air painter and teacher for over 40 years working in watercolor, pastels, oils, acrylics. and pen and ink. 
A great class for all levels!

Revised Site Aerial Map db - Copy 

(Click here to see map in FOCUS.)

Drone Video of Cranberry Lake Farm soon!

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 

Sq Dance barn photo boy

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:  Robert Bowen (term expires 5/21)
Secretary:  John Sanderson (term expires 5/22)

Commissioners: Ron Bargy (term expires 5/21) Col. Mark Gerhard (term expires 5/23) Bruce Parkinson (term expires 5/22)
Trustee Rep: Lana Mangiapane (Term Expires 5/23)

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

Some Fun Events photos: