Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
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I went to the Greenfield Village today. It's the outdoor part of the Henry Ford Museum covering 90 acres adjacent to the museum. Unfortunately, it wasn't a great day to visit an outdoor museum. The weather forecast for a high of 103 degrees seemed to be accurate.
I've been to somewhat similar outdoor museums in Europe but I don't know I've been to one in the U.S. Many of the buildings in the village have been brought from somewhere else, which isn't too surprising, but quite a number of them are historically important buildings. For instance, they have the Wright brothers' house and bicycle shop. They have rebuilt Edison's Menlo Park facility although by the time they bought it the buildings had been abandoned for about 50 years and they were in terrible shape and needed extensive reconstruction. They have the homes of many important people including Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford and Noah Webster.
They also have a lot of buildings showing the state of commerce around the turn of the last century. These including water-powered grain mills, sawmills, glass blowing shops, machine shops, tin shops, a cider mill, a theater, pottery and weaving, many of which include demonstrations or at least knowledgeable people you can talk to.
I enjoyed the village. I just wish it had been 30 degrees cooler.