Saturday, October 17, 2015
Today I have three photos from Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. Greenfield Village is part of a large indoor/outdoor museum complex known as "The Henry Ford", dedicated to preserving important relics from American History. The museum started when Henry Ford himself had amassed an impressive collection of artifacts, including such oddities as a glass tube that purportedly contains Thomas Edison's last breath, a 1950's Oscar Mayer "Weinermobile", Buckminster Fuller's prototype "Dymaxion House", The Lincoln Continental that John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated, and SO MUCH MORE. I need to go there someday!
Greenfield Village itself is the "outdoor" part of the complex, looking very much like a bucolic small town from the early part of the 20th century; it includes structures like the Wright Brother's bicycle shop (moved to Michigan brick by brick), Henry Ford's birthplace, Noah Webster's home, and more.
This first photo shows a family point in an old flivver of some sort (a Ford, mayhaps?) There's something about the flat landscape and the green trees that remind me of my grandparent's home in southern Minnesota. The girl in yellow is having the time of her life.
This photo shows a store with the name "Elias A. Brown" painted over the doorway; apparently this was the first structure to actually be built (originally from Waterford, MI, circa 1854) in Greenfield Village. Who was Elias Brown? I had no idea, but there is an interesting story about how his name found its way onto this building, and how it was eventually removed. Read all about it HERE.
Meanwhile, the horse-drawn wagon has a very "Disneyland" vibe to it; apparently Walt and his boys visited the Village during their tour of many museums, amusement parks, and other attractions, while researching ways to design the park in Anaheim.
Instead of Disneyland, maybe this is more "early Mayberry". While I'm sure the Village is still a wonderful place to go, I sure wish I could go back and see it the way it was 60 years ago.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Greenfield Village! I have more slides, if I can find them (they have been misplaced in my recent move).