Cranson-Hinbern House (Gift Shop)

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Cranson-Hinbern and Gift Shop

This building houses the Greenmead gift shop and is the starting point for many of our tours. The gift shop is open Wednesday-Friday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (May through December) and for Sunday Tour Days (June through October). The gift shop is also open during many special events.

The front section of this house was built about 1850 and was later remodeled with Queen Anne features about the turn of the century.  The rear section of the house, which was older, was constructed using whole log joists, and was built prior to 1850.

Over the years, this house has been owned by two families.  The first owners, the Cranson family, came to Livonia in 1832 and purchased the 1.3 acres for eight dollars. The land they farmed was located across the road in Redford Township.  The Cransons had six children; four sons and two daughters.  Their second son, Samuel, was a carpenter. 

In 1902, the house and property were purchased by Reke Hinbern for eight hundred dollars.  The Hinbern family sold the property to the Southland Corporation in 1984.

After purchasing the property, the Southland Corporation donated and moved the house to Greenmead from its original location at Seven Mile and Inkster.