Garden Party, Gala celebrate Longacre House 150th

The community is invited this month to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a Farmington Hills house that has become a hub for family celebrations, cultural arts classes, and special events.

The City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department will host two special events on Saturday, September 21, at the Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Rd. Originally built by Palmer Sherman, the six-room, Victorian home originally sat on 100 acres of property that includes what is today Heritage Park.

Longacre House Palmer Sherman
(City of Farmington Hills)

After Sherman raised his family and later rented out the home and property, he sold it to Detroit attorney Lumen Goodenough, who used it as a summer home from 1915 to 1918. At that time, Goodenough contracted famed architect Marcus Burrowes to transform the building into a 20-room, Georgian country home.

The Goodenough family donated the home in 1968 for use as a community center, and it operated as a non-profit until the City of Farmington Hills took over the property in 2007.

Longacre House
Longacre House (City of Farmington Hills)

You can learn more about the history of the home on the cIty’s website and during the Victorian Garden Party, held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on September 21. The event is free, and no registration is required. Participants will tour the home and enjoy light refreshments, lawn games, and a petting zoo. Pony rides will also be available for an additional fee.

The Roaring 20’s “All That Jazz” Gala, held from 7 p.m. until midnight that evening, will feature a strolling dinner, open bar (wine, beer, signature cocktail) and entertainment. Space is limited; purchase tickets at recreg.fhgov.com (activity code 110532-01) or at the front desk of the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

For more information, call 248-473-1800.