Historic Greenfield Village

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

We've met some Michiganders along our travels who said when you're in the Detroit area, don't miss Greenfield Village! Now we know why! The boys and I caught up on life stuff in the morning and headed to Dearborn at noon for an amazing history lesson.

Henry Ford in the early 1900's had assembled historic buildings from around the northeast and created a place students could learn from doing. The village included buildings from the Wright Brothers Home and Bicycle Shop, a place Abraham Lincoln practiced law when he was on the traveling circuit court, Webster's home from the dictionary, slave quarters and plantation owner's homes, Thomas Edison's Menlo Lab, and Henry Ford's one room schoolhouse where he went to school...were just a few of our favorites.   

The best part were all the costumed interpreters walking around interacting and talking to the kids teaching them real life history. We saw "Thomas Edison" at his press conference announcing his light bulb that stays lit more than a few seconds. There were 21 men before him that worked on the light bulb, but they could only keep it lit for a few seconds. His determination paid off!

Besides walking around and looking at all the living history, we took a ride in an authentic 1914 Ford Model T, went to a play about slavery, and the boys played with all the wooden handmade toys like the kids did in the early 1900's on the Village Green.

Four and a half hours just wasn't enough. It was much more than we expected and would love to go back to visit. It was similar to Colonial Williamsburg! After Greenfield Village, we went to see the Imax movie Dinosaurs 3D which was a great follow up to the dinosaur dig we witnessed in The Badland National Park. 

The boys were happy to pick Chris up at the Detroit airport on the way home and get back to the RV park before dark to play some more basketball. -Kelly
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