The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Entrance to Greenfield Village.

Train that loops the 80 acres with three Depots.

Industry part, sawmill, cottonmill, feedmill, etc.

Weaving machine, manually.

Weaving by punch cards.

More punch cards.

Finished product.

Sawmill, we have already done one of these.

Tin shop.

Glass blowing - getting the shape.

Ready to do the finish.

Finished product.

Vase for sale.

Machine shop - all run off pullies from one shaft.

Check out the liittle drill press.

Spare steam engine parts.

Another choice of ride for touring.

Yet another.

Railroad roundhouse and repair shop.

Inside the roundhouse.

Good sized steam engine.

Drivers seat.

Ever wonder what one looks like underneath?

Their job is to ride around and talk to people.

In action.

Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop

Airplane frame in the back room.

Wright Brothers home.


Henry Fords idol.


Thomas Edisons Fort Myers lab.

His Menlo Park lab.

All this to develop a fillament for a bulb.


Earliest ever, copier and fax machine.

Blacksmith shop.

Robert Frost home.

Hermitage slave quarters.

Henry's school and teachers house. When reconstructed they took the lean out...

English clock shop. It was 5 stories.


"The Henry Ford" is a National Historical Landmark known as Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village an indoor and outdoor museum in Dearbrn, Mi.. The weather was a factor in deciding what to visit first at "The Henry Ford". Today was the coolest (80 degrees) so we went through Greenfield Village which is outside.

Greenfield Village is 80 acres of American life going back 300 years. It gives you great insight of the America we are now and how it evolved. The collection contains many rare exhibits including John F. Kennedy's presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theatre, Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, and the Rosa Park bus. Nearly one hundred historical buildings were moved to the property from their original locations and arranged in a "village" setting.

Those of us who collect baseball cards, teacups and other small collectibles in no way can imagine what it would be like to collect and assemble an entire village. Henry Ford brought the home of his favorite teacher and had it assembled as he remembered it - with a lean. Noah Websters home, and Wright Brothers bicycle shop and home are also here. His mentor was Thomas Edison and there is a large section dedicated to Edison's history. Edison's lab, some of his original inventions along with chair he sat in when it was dedicated to the site.

You can ride around the village in a horse drawn carriage, a Model T or a train. It is a must see if you are in the Detroit area. We loved it.

Tomorrow.........The Museum

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