The Friends of Nankin Mills

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


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    Halloween Forest Fun Hike

Please join Wayne County Parks on Friday, Oct. 16 for a "not so scary" guided hike at Nankin Mills to learn about some of the forest dwellers there. View flier

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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

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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 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.  

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Outreach and Scout Programs for 2015

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?



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