The Henry Ford, Detroit
GREENFIELD VILLAGE in Dearborn, Michigan, displays buildings and artifacts covering more than 300 years of US history.
From New England saltbox constructions to the Wright Brothers home and bicycle shop; from a Puritan windmill and cabin to the boyhood farmstead of Harvey Firestone; Lincoln's Logan County Couthouse and Thomas Edison's Menlo Park laboratories-- all were collected by assembly line pioneer and local hero Henry Ford and reassembled into a charming 12 acre village of 'living Americana'. Take a ride on the Suwanee Riverboat. Catch an 1890's Music Hall production. Join in the singing at the Colonial Eagle Tavern when the wandering minstrel stops in for a pint. Costumed reenactors enliven the grounds with crafts and demonstations. Special events include a Christmas Walk, an Antique Car Parade and Civil War remembrance days.
To see the Village properly, allow for at least 1/2 a day. The Village is located 10 miles west of downtown Detroit via Michigan Ave. It is at the corner of Village Rd. and Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. Except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, the Village is open 7 days a week from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.
It has been nearly 40 years since visitors could view assembly line production at the historic Ford Rouge Factory. In the summer of 2004 Factory Tours were re-introduced to sell-out crowds.
To participate, call or e-mail AT LEAST one month ahead, to reserve a ticket. Morning and afternoon tours are available. Each group is limited to 75 tickets. The tour bus departs from the grounds of the Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI. 48124 (which also offers ample free parking).
Henry Ford's obsession was to create a showroom of American manufacture.
The main entrance is built in homage to Philadelphia's Georgian-style Independence Hall. Pictured here is the front staircase and entrance to the chandelier galleries. Inside, acres of displays pay tribute to all things 'Made in the USA', from rolling pins to wash machines. There is a particular emphasis on transportation: trains, planes and bicycles abound. Henry Ford's pet project features automobiles, of course, together with the motels, neon lights and BurmaShave signs that accompanied the growth of interstate travel. A half-day visit only skims the surface!
Visitors looking for a really BIG experience should plan to include a stop in the attached IMAX theatre. Alternating features in 2004 include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Lewis & Clark Expedition and NASCAR Racing.
The Henry Ford Museum and IMAX are located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn (approx. 10 miles west of downtown Detroit).