252 E Ann Arbor Trail

15 Apr


252 E Ann Arbor Trail was built in 1926. This was the home of very well respected teacher here in Plymouth that had a school name after her. This was once the home of Helen L. Farrand. Helen was born here in Plymouth on November 20, 1892 to William and Anna (Rocker) Farrand. Her father William ordered this “Kit Home” from Montgomery Ward. This Wardway home was built by William Farrand, he built this and other adjacent homes on E Ann Arbor Trail.

Helen was a graduate of Plymouth High School in 1911 and received her teaching certification from the Ypsilanti Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University).  Helen was a teacher in local communities. During WWI she actually worked in the Detroit Post office and returned to teaching in 1923. In 1927 Farrand came to work for Plymouth Canton Community Schools (PCCS). She taught at Central Grade School, Starweather, & Edna Allen School. Helen retired from teaching in 1958, that same year the PCCS School Board voted to name a “new elementary school” after her. 1958 the new school built at 41400 Greenbriar Lane in Plymouth was dedicated and named after Helen L. Farrard. Go Farrand Foxes!

Helen Farrand passed away in April of 1977 and was laid to rest in Plymouth’s Riverside cemetery. Helen was well respected by the community and loved by many students. Her legacy continues to live on today as hundreds of students are educated each year in the Elementary school named in her honor.


Helen Farrand


3 Responses to “252 E Ann Arbor Trail”

  1. Sandy Groth April 15, 2019 at 11:47 PM #

    I lived across the street from Helen while I was growing up. I mowed her lawn with her push mower. She was a wonderful friend to our family!!

  2. Jennifer Summers April 24, 2020 at 11:55 AM #

    I grew up at 758 north Holbrook and the house is now gone with a new replacement. I never knew or could find any history on that house. We were told it was over 100 year old farm house. We lived there in the early 80’s.
    It was a duplex at the time we lived there. I am just so curious if there was any information out there on this house. Pretty positive it was haunted…

    • tab September 26, 2022 at 11:06 AM #

      um i live there and i can almost promise you it is the exact same and is 100% haunted

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