The Friends of Nankin Mills

Helping Ensure Nankin Mills Remains A Link To Our Past, A Resource For Our Future

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The interpretive center is open during this cold weather and our animals (at least those that are not hibernating) would love some company!

Marcus Swift

150 years ago, Nankin Township lost one of its founding fathers and most influential citizens, Reverend Marcus Swift. Swift served the first and many successive terms as Supervisor of Nankin Township and was appointed Justice of the Peace by Lewis Cass.

Along with his own ministry, he fought as an “ardent abolitionist”, believing slavery was the “sum of all villainies”. His sons carried on his cause. He left the Methodist Church and formed the Wesleyan Methodists, his house was burned down in 1843 and he was maligned and ostracized because of his beliefs.

At the end of his life, he was at peace knowing that the Civil War was drawing to a close and said, “I have lived in a glorious age, and my eyes have seen the powers of darkness give way before the coming of the glorious reign of liberty and equality.” He led a life of inspiration, and I’m in awe just learning about the legacy one person can leave.

Carol Clements
Naturalist, Manager of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

Wayne County Parks and The Friends of Nankin Mills will host a 90-minute talk on February 28 beginning at 1 p.m. on the Underground Railroad in Michigan, with emphasis on Marcus Swift and Nankin Township. Please join us for  this seminar aimed at those 12 year and above. View flier

Info on Nankin Mills

Nankin Mills in Westland, Michigan dates from 1842. Once a grist mill, it now serves as an interpretive center and tells the area's cultural and natural history. The building was once owned by Henry Ford who manufactured auto parts.  

The Friends of Nankin Mills has worked with Wayne County Parks since 1987, to preserve this historic mill and ensure it remains an important community resource.

The Interpretive Center is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Questions concerning Wayne County Parks (like picnic area rentals) should be directed to 734-261-1990 Monday - Saturday.  

If you have any questions about about our group, please contact us at

Outreach and Scout Programs for 2015
(Updated 2/16. More fliers added)

Questions to Carol Clements at 734-261-1850.
More fliers coming. Stay tuned!

National Parks Passport Program

Stop by the mill with your National Park passport and get it stamped. Nankin Mills is now one of 19 members of the Passport Program. Don't have a passport? No problem. A limited number are available for $8.95 each.

This spiral-bound booklet allows you to collect and store stamps available at National Parks and Heritage Areas throughout the United States. The National Passport Stamp Program was created in 1989. It is designed to serve as a log of the unique experiences that a visitor encounters as they visit national parks, landmarks and heritage areas across the country. More information on where to get your passport stamped.

Did you know that Nankin Mills...
  • Was once owned by Henry Ford?

  • Now tells the natural and cultural history of the area?

  • Has a number of fish, reptiles and amphibians, including a large snapping turtle named Sue on display?

  • Provides a large number of interactive displays for kids?

Hosts a variety of programs and events for individuals, families
and groups year-around?



Click photos for larger view. Each photo shows two cards.

Nankin Mills Note Cards

The Friends of Nankin Mills has boxed sets of note cards available with photos of Nankin Mills taken around 1918, when Henry Ford purchased the mill. Each box contains eight cards (four views) and nine envelopes. Inside of the cards is blank.

Cost is $8.00, including postage. All proceeds benefit the mill. Please make checks payable to Friends of Nankin Mills and send to: Friends of Nankin Mills,
c/o Nankin Mills Interpretive Center,
33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185


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