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Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 118-119
Smith, Kay, 1925-

Bloomfield Township Public Library

Real estate development -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History

Farms -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History

Adams Castle (Bloomfield Township, Mich.)

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part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith

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MORE FARMS AND MORE SUBDIVISIONS Names familiar to old residents and their children disappear from the farm's origins unless they are included in the name of the subdivision. The early ones were often so named, but later subs drop any reference to the farm family. The Allen Farm at Telegraph and Maple became Foxcroft, the Thurber farm became Wing Lake Shores, and the estate of the Vaughans, later owned by the Vernor family, south of Long Lake and west of Lahser, is now called Chelmsleigh. A little south and west of Chelmsleigh on the south side of Quarton the Peabody Farm name was incorporated into Peabody Estates, and out at the Couzens huge farm north and south of Long Lake to the Township border, the estate name "Wabeek" became the name for the newest and most prestigious group of townhouses in the area. On the east side of that development is Bennington Green, a former fruit farm. On the major thoroughfares, commercial development began with gasoline service stations and small restaurants, burgeoned into office and doctors' complexes and then came shopping centers and plazas, motels and hotels. The transition from farming community was almost complete in just twenty-five years' time. Only the Pickering Farm remains to remind us of our heritage and of more than a century of serious and successful farming.

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