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Situated on the eastern edge of Hartland Township, Hartland, Michigan is an unincorporated community in eastern Livingston County.

US-23 and M-59 (Highland Road) intersect in Hartland, while Hacker Road forms a portion of its western boundary, and Bergin Road forms part of its southern boundary. Old US-23 parallels US-23 to the west. Other routes to and from the community are Fenton Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Hartland include Brighton, Milford, Howell, Fenton, Linden, South Lyon, Holly, Wixom, and Fowlerville. Unincorporated communities within ten miles are West Highland, Highland, Hallers Corners, Parshallville, Hickory Ridge, East Highland, Clyde, and Seven Harbors.

The first settler in the area that was to become the town of Hartland was Rufus Tenney, who came around 1835. On June 19, 1837, a post office was established, with Isaac Parshall as postmaster. George J. Griffin opened the first store in town in 1839.

Two brothers, Robert D. and Chauncey L. Crouse came in 1842 and played significant roles in the development and prosperity of the community, as did other members of their family, particularly J. Robert Crouse.

Born in Hartland in 1874, John Robert Crouse moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his parents as a small boy. Later, he graduated from the University of Michigan, and ran a successful business, with his father, J.B. Crouse, and his uncle, H.A. Tremaine. When he retired in 1928, he decided to invest in his hometown community.

In cooperation with educators and sociologists, J. Robert Crouse formed the Hartland Area Project, designed to lay out a district in the fashion of a typical rural community with a village center, with a total population of about four thousand, and a school population of about one thousand. In order to coordinate the project, he created the Hartland School Foundation, the Hartland Foundation, and the Hartland Area Educational Loan Fund, which had $500,000 available in 1932.

During the 1930s and 1940s, the hand-weaving industry in Hartland was one of the largest in the country, providing more than two hundred retail stores with woven products. In early 1934, Cromaine Crafts opened in Hartland, producing Cromaine looms for forty years.

While unincorporated, today Hartland has a population of more than 15,000 people, rising by about one-third since 2010.

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