Waterford the Forgotten Village: Northville Township's Link to the Past with Joe Oldenburg
Monday, September 197:00—8:30 PMNorthville Township HallNorthville Township Hall44405 Six Mile Road, Northville Township, MI, 48168
Waterford was a village located on Northville Road and Mill Street that began as a mill town with a saw mill, flour mill, and foundry in the 1830s. By 1837, a town was formed as workers wanted to live close to their jobs.
The village flourished until the flour mill burned to the ground in 1850, was rebuilt, but destroyed again by fire in 1857. With no major employer, the village began to decline in 1873. There were only four businesses remaining. By 1890, all industry was gone.
When Henry Ford built a gauge plant in the 1920s on Northville Road it looked like a revitalization for area industry, but the gauge plant was closed permanently by Ford Motor in the 1950s.
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