Located about a mile from downtown Pontiac on Cesar Chavez Avenue, Pine Grove is the home of the Oakland History Center and the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society. We also house the collections of the Oakland County Genealogical Society. Pine Grove was the home of Moses Wisner, Michigan’s 12th governor, who served from 1859 to 1861. The buildings from his time here date from the 1840s to the 1860s.
Before Pine Grove, There Were Others. In 1825, Nathaniel Mack, no apparent relation to Stephen Mack, purchased an 80 acre parcel of land from the US government. In subsequent years the parcel was sold first to J. Annibal or Annible, and then to an S. Moon. We know very very little about these three early owners. In 1835, the land was sold in its entirety to Joshua Terry, who owned
On May 18, 2021, in one of the most bizarre and upsetting events in Pine Grove history, our historic Summer Kitchen building was struck by a car. The circumstances surrounding the event are tragic with the driver of the car, a victim of a gunshot wound, losing control of his vehicle on Summit Street – across Cesar Chavez Avenue. The car, moving at a good rate of speed, crossed Cesar