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Greenfield Village Things to Do

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Only in Greenfield Village or on your great grandfather's farm can you usually get into vintage automobiles. And only at the former can you actually pay to take a ride in one.
    Greenfield Village offers rides in some of Henry Ford's earliest model cars, trucks and buses.
    Modet T's and A's; ride a 1930's bus.

    If you aren't into cars then take a horse carriage ride at about the half the speed as the cars.

    If you have about an hour, you can take the old train that slowly travels around a 3-4 mile circuit in the Dearborn area.

    If you are a baby, then get your parents to rent a stroller so you can ride around the park in comfort.

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Thomas the Train has captured the hearts of many American children. Greenfield Village is now one of the places you can make Thomas come alive for your child.

    It is a real train with a plastic and foam covering to make the train look like the storybook character. It is a 30 minute ride around the Greenfield Village area (it actually takes more like an hour with all the boarding and unboarding time). There are hosts and hostesses who give a spiel about Thomas and his adventures and a bit of background about the train the kids are riding. They have some piped-in music. You can buy souveniers at the park gift shop.

    You can get the train ride as an added cost to the Greenfield Village ticket (total about $25).

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Within Greenfield Village there are seven historic areas (districts) that represent how American went from town living to an industrial power.

    Each of the districts has homes and work places with "actor-volunteers" living and working as they would in historical accuracy to the period of that area.

    The Henry Ford area shows Ford's home and first workshop, a replica of the one-room schools of his time and has period furniture and artifacts for viewing (but do not touch).

    The Main Street area shows a 19th century town with shops and post office and tavern and courthouse and various town buildings of that period. Most of the buildings have several rooms open for viewing with actors portraying activities pertinent to the area.

    The Working Farm area is just what the name implies; a 19th century American farm with animals and machinery and farmer and his wife.

    The Railroad Junction area shows how important steam transportation was to the growth of America. You can see a depot and a roundhouse and several trains.

    The Historic Homes area shows homes that have been transplanted and rebuilt from their original sites around Michigan to their present place at Greenfield Village. There is a lot to see in this area and a lot of "period personalities" to talk to.

    The Thomas Edison area shows many of the things for which Edison was famous.
    The Liberty Craftsworks area has buildings the 19th century handicrafts still being practiced today.

    The experience is fantastic for kids of all ages. See the website below for information on how to get there and what the ticket costs are (not cheap, but worth it).

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