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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 8:00am to 4:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There is no admission charge.
Questions about the Interpretive Center should be directed to 734-261-1850. Questions concerning Wayne County Parks (like picnic area rentals) should be directed to 734-261-1990 Monday to Saturday.
Hines Park and Mary Ellsworth's Nature Center History
1800s Mills and Villages of the Middle Rouge
Programs for the Whole Family
Winter Hike and Campfire
Make it at the Mill - Birdhouses!
Frog Call Rodeo
Let's Go Birding!
Bug Hunt for Families
Make it at the Mill - Kites!
Make it at the Mill - Bat Houses!
Let's Go Birding - Again!
Fall Family Fun: Leaves and Cider
Native American Heritage Day
Halloween Forest Fun Hike
Make it at the Mill - Pumpkin Catapult
Indoor Nature Presentations
Wildflower Folklore of Holliday Nature Preserve
Butterflies of Holliday Nature Preserve
Ferns of Holliday Nature Preserve
White-tailed Deer Through the Seasons
Deciduous Trees and Shrubs of Holliday Nature Preserve
Botany Hikes & Presentations
Winter Tree and Shrub Hike
Spring Wildflowers and Folklore Hike
Deciduous Tree Collections
Fabulous Fall Fern Folly
Conifer Tree Collections
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 now only $5.00, 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
Click photos for larger view.
Each photo shows two cards.
Who we are... The Friends of Nankin Mills is a small, but growing volunteer organization. We were incorporated in 1988 and since that time have played an important role in preserving this historic mill. We work in partnership with Wayne County Parks Department to improve the building and ensure Nankin Mills is an important community resource and a fun place to visit.
What we do... We sponsor activities and fundraisers including an annual mill lighting ceremony (with a visit from Santa); help fund exhibits; assist with activities and crafts during events; serve as docents; and much more.
Why we care... Nankin Mills has served Wayne County since 1842. Once abandoned and in disrepair, the mill now houses an interpretive center that tells the natural and cultural history of the mill and the Rouge River watershed.
Please join us... Help to share the past and ensure this historic mill remains part of this region's future. Many exciting projects remain and the Friends of Nankin Mills needs your help and financial support to make them happen. Contact us at Friends@NankinMills.org or via the U.S. mail.