unusual Tourist Sites: Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, Michigan Part 2
About the unusual tourist sites of Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, history and description.
All the glass bottles, chemicals, wiring, test equipment, and every piece of the building from foundation to roof were moved. Even the trash pile outside one of the windows, where Edison and his coworkers used to throw broken test tubes and other junk, was moved to Dearborn.
During the opening dedication, a very proud Henry Ford, beaming at what had been done, asked his friend Edison, "What do you think of it?" At that, Edison replied, "It is 99 1/2% perfect." Shocked and with a worried look on his face, Ford exclaimed, "What is wrong?" "Well, Henry," Edison drawled, "we never used to keep the place so clean."
One of the almost unnoticed buildings in Greenfield Village is a little brick shed that originally stood at 58 Bagley Avenue in what is now downtown Detroit. Henry Ford's 1st successful automobile, the "Quadricycle," was built in this shed in 1896. As basement builders of boats and other machines continue to do today, Henry Ford built the car and then found it was too big to go through the doorway. You guessed it--he had to take a sledge-hammer and knock away the door and bricks to get his machine into the street.
The adjoining Henry Ford Museum is a 14-acre indoor collection encompassing some of the finest decorative arts to be found. Included are pieces of priceless Paul Revere silver, fine clocks and watches, textiles, glass, pewter, and furniture. Each section is arranged chronologically to trace the development from Pilgrim times to the 20th century. A transportation section--including 12 railroad locomotives, one weighing over 600 tons, a host of famous airplanes, and 200 restored antique automobiles--makes up part of the collection.
Bring your camera when you visit. In addition to the permanent collections, a number of outstanding special events are held annually. These include: a national Sports Car Review, the Midwest Antiques Forum, a Garden Forum, the Old Car Festival, the Muzzle-Loaders Festival, a Country Fair, an Autumn Harvest Weekend, Famous Americans Exhibit, and a special Christmas observance from early December through the holidays.
Location: A few miles from Dearborn. Admission: village $2.50; museum $2.50; children under 6 admitted free. Hours: Both the village and museum are open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's). Summer hours, mid-June through Labor Day, 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Winter hours are 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays, and 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. weekends and holidays.
Guide maps of both the museum and village are available in several languages including Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
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