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The Bailey House
Bailey House

Located at 9965 Sashabaw Road at Independence Oaks County Park, the Bailey House is approximately 135 years old. The home is situated on property that is part of the Bailey family’s original US Government land grant of 1837. It was documented as part of a historical survey conducted by Independence Township in 1998.

“This house is significant because of its high degree of exterior architectural integrity. It is a good example of the T-plan farmhouse style built within the township in the late 1800s. It is also significant as one of the farmhouses of the Bailey family. By 1896, members of the Bailey family were major land owners in sections 2 and 3, owning more than 494 acres.” – Independence Township Historical Survey.

The farmhouse front exterior exhibits both Gothic and Queen Anne details. The windows and doors have been trimmed with Gothic style crowns and the gables represent angles commonly found in Queen Anne designs. This blend of styles is found consistently through Independence Township and Clarkston Village and represents a vernacular that is distinctly Clarkston.

The Bailey home’s interior boasts original wood floors, elegant moldings, unique bead board, and original doors and casings. In addition, the kitchen pantry boasts original pantry carpentry with grain bins and cabinets made with mid-19th century carpentry methods. The original cabinetry is considered rare and has not been seen remaining in any other local structure.

Oakland County Parks invites proposals to purchase this farmhouse for a modest amount and move it to another location to make way for trail and other recreational development. Preference will be given to bidders who move the house within the local area.

Contact for Information or to Request Bid Package: Andy Krumwiede Oakland County Purchasing Department or (248) 858-7678
Pre-Bid Informational Meeting: August 16, 2016 – RSVP is required
Deadline to Submit Questions: August 19, 2016 by close of business
Deadline to Submit Proposals: September 1, 2016

Bailey House information sheet 2015 07 26
Oakland County Parks Planning Review
Solicitation Quote
Request for Propsoal for Bailey House Sale and Relocation

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