interpretive center is open during this cold weather and our animals
(at least those that are not hibernating) would love some company!
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
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.
Naturalist, Manager of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
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.
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 email@example.com.