Westland is a city that cares about preserving both its history and natural resources. You can take in the beauty and intrigue of historic Westland through not-to-be-missed tours and nature walks that explore the past and the present-day. Whether you prefer a trip back in time or an up close view of our rich natural habitat, the list below highlights some of the best that Westland has to offer!
Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
33175 Ann Arbor Trail
Originally built as a grist mill, Nankin Mlls Interpretive Center was built as a small factory located in a rural section of Michigan. Part of Henry Ford’s “Village Industries” the original factory was created in an effort to provide a stable source of income for farm workers during winter months. Visitors to the Center will learn about the cultural and natural history of the area. With programs that include local history seminars, indoor nature presentations and botany hikes, the Nankin Hills Interpretive Center offers something for everyone. Wheelchair accessible.
The William Holliday Nature and Wildlife Preserve
33175 Ann Arbor Trail with additional entry points at Central City Parkway between Nankin Boulevard and Warren Avenue
Sitting on 500-plus acres, the Holliday Nature Preserve is primarily located in the City of Westland although there are small portions in both Canton and Livonia. Part of the Wayne County Park System, the preserve is a 10 mile network of trails and consists of forests and wetlands that run along the Rouge River in Westland. Be sure to register for one of the 60-90 minute free walks and learn more about plants. trees and animals that are local to the area. There are three sections that are open to the public, one being a paved 17 mile trail located at Hines Drive. Admission is free and trails are open until dusk, daily.
Westland Historic Village Park
857 N. Wayne Road
A snapshot of life in the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Westland Historic Park sits as a marker for what is believed to have been an alternative stop for the Underground Railroad. While these locations were never actually recorded for fear of slaves being caught, it is thought that runaways were moved to this location when slavecatchers were nearby. The park holds five historic buildings that are significant to the history or Westland, three of which are currently open to the public. These buildings include the Felton Farmhouse which dates back to the 1890’s and the Octagon House built in the 1850’s and donated to the park in 2002. Wheechair accessible.