|Beluga's windshield view|
We're in the area to visit the huge indoor/outdoor history museum complex, The Henry Ford. We've planned a trip to it's 80 acre Greenfield Village, and the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation (as seen on Saturday morning TV's Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca) and then to take the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. We'll be here a week so will have plenty of time to explore the area also.
Yesterday we took 6 hours and walked the streets of beautiful Greenfield Village. It is a very well done "village" with several Historic Districts where one can see early American craftsmen work in period, authentic surroundings, step foot in the lab where Edison developed the light bulb and visit the first home to be "electrified"....eat a meal in a candlelit 1840's Tavern, stroll Main Street and visit Henry Ford's original one room school house, his favorite teacher's home (both dismantled and rebuilt on site), listen to Robert Frost read his famous poem "The Road Less Traveled" in his real parlor, have tea in an original Cotswold cottage, and see fields fit and harvested using century's old practices. And, much much more.
While we really really enjoyed our day at Greenfield Village, I think things are a bit confusing for first time visitors like us. You enter, have your tickets checked, given a basic map for a relatively disorganized layout and sent off on your way. In many of the buildings there are docents to tell you what you're seeing or giving amusing anecdotes or historical references, but not all. There isn't really any rhyme or reason about which way to go, which end to start at, what to see first. I think the brochure and website missed the mark....... So, we just started.
We saw things randomly....I wish I had more information, wish there had been some logical chronology to help keep things in context.
|the Wagon shop|
|1911 Herschell-Stillman Carousel with hand carved animals.|
(I wish I'd ridden it like you did MonaLiza!)
|1840's Eagle Tavern|
|we enjoyed original Eagle Tavern recipes in a candle lit dining room|
|we missed "Tea" at this sweet Cotswold Cottage|
|Dave helped move the railroad turntable at the round house|
There are four ways to get around the Village.....being driven in a restored, vintage Model T, riding on a fire-breathing steam locomotive, in a horse drawn wagon or by foot.
|Model T's along the pumpkin lined roads|
|this locomotive fascinated me.....it seemed to actually breathe in and out, in and out like a bull preparing to charge|
Not knowing that each of those conveyances came with a narrated tour and stops at each of the districts, we opted to use our feet. If we find ourselves back here again, we certainly would take a ride first!
|Halloween decorations perhaps?|
|built in sunny perches!|
|crazy plant...I wonder what it is?|
|dozing in preparation for the evenings Halloween celebrations|
And, Pam, here is a Lewis photo for you. Please don't disturb him, he's sleeping.....