My hubby has been wanting to go to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (we haven’t been in over 15 years) and I agreed to the day trip but since most of it is outside I said we needed to wait for a day that wasn’t hot and humid. You all know how much I detest hot weather, I’m just not a tropical gal at all give me 75 with a breeze anyday. Well that day happened to be last Saturday, the high was to be 80 with a 50% chance of light rain. Perfect I said, I’d rather get caught in the rain than deal with the heat any day. Dearborn is about 2 hours from our place and our destination opens at 9:30 so we left around 8 from our house. We didn’t know until we got there that a special event, Michigan inventors, was going on so the parking lot was packed. We drove around for about 20 minutes before finding a parking spot.
The museum portion is all inside and the village portion is outside, so we agreed we’d do the outside part first before the day got hot. As you can see by the photos there’s no one around. Hubby and I lucked out, I think most people were there to see the inventors new things so hubby and I had the whole outside area to ourselves. It was really nice and quiet and great for taking photos! I was quite pleased because I’m not fond of crowds. The weather was also perfect, overcast all day and we did get sprinkled on a couple of times but not enough to get wet. We were in and out of so many homes and buildings that we hardly noticed.
I knew I’d want to take tons of photos while in the village but wasn’t about to carry around my heavy big girl camera all day so all the photos you see are done with an iphone 6+ and I’m quite happy with the results (more on that later in an upcoming post). I also didn’t want to lug around my purse that has everything in it but the kitchen sink (and that may be there too) so I popped into our local hospice store and purchased an over the body bag for 80 cents. I put my phone, a lipstick, and a travel size lysol in it and was good to go and I didn’t even miss all that other stuff I’m normally hauling around with me.
It was such a nice day to be out walking, learning about history, and spending time with my hubby. Michigan is a beautiful state and has so many things to do that we’d never have to leave the area if we didn’t want too. The next thing on our list is to do Mackinac Island for a weekend. I’ll have to get mentally prepared for that one, I have a phobia about staying anywhere but my own bed. If I could I’d sleep with my shoes on I hate my feet to hit the floor (flip flops are on at all times, even in the shower). I also get creeped out by the bedspreads and remote controls. I have to throw the bedspread out immediately and put the remote in a ziplock bag then pray I actually get a little sleep.
Hubby and I did go into the museum for a short look-see but the place was packed and we weren’t as interested in that portion of our trip anyway so we gave it a once over and headed for home. I had an Instagram follower tell me the place is magnificient at Christmas time, so we may have to head back to check out the sights in December.
Greenfield Village is a vast outdoor museum spread across more than 80 acres, a place where America’s past feels like right now. Located in Dearborn, just outside of Detroit, Michigan; there are 83 authentic historic structures, from the lab where Thomas Edison gave the world light to the workshop where the Wright Brothers gave us wings and the building where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Visit the home where Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary and the farmhouse where Henry Ford grew up.
Looking for inspiring things to do? Along the way, you can catch a ride on a Model T, jump on a real steam-powered locomotive, and visit farm animals. Or “pull” glass with world-class artisans, watch 1867 baseball, and enjoy lunch from an 1830s menu. Journey into America’s past to discover inspiration for bringing innovation and imagination into your life today.