Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 022-023 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Benedict Farm (Bloomfield Township, Mich.) Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Subject
Fish, Elijah S. Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
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THE EARLIEST BLOOMFIELD HOUSE
STILL IN EXISTENCE
This is our Bicentennial year. It's acceptable this year to
take a great interest in all our heritage, and in our old
houses. Carry on a love affair with one if you want to.
This rosy brick house may well be the oldest brick building
still standing in the State of Michigan. The brick houses
and businesses of old Detroit are long gone, but this relic
of our pioneer past is visible to anyone traveling on
Woodward Avenue as it stands on the east side between
Lone Pine and Long Lake Roads.
For years it's been called simply 'The Benedict Farm' as
the Benedict family owned and occupied it for almost a
century. Previous to that, Deacon Elijah S. Fish was the
pioneer settler of the land, having erected the log house
which is now a portion of the back of the house in 1819.
The brick part was built in 1836. Probably, since the bricks
are small, they came from the brickworks William Morris
started across the road.
The first white child born in Bloomfield was the Fishes'
daughter, who lived to be eight years old. Deacon Fish
held the first Presbyterian Church services on his land and
worked indefatigably for the church all his life. He
planted the first grove of maple trees in the Township.
He was also active as an abolitionist.
The reminiscences of Fannie Fish, the Deacon's daughter,
are not only charming, they light up portions of the old
pages of our history as no other chronicles have done.
Through Fannie's eyes we see the joys and terrors, the
worries, sorrows, drudgeries and festivities of pioneer life.
Later we'll read her description of life in the log house.