Thursday, July 2, 2009

Henry Ford Museum

We sure got a great tip about the Henry Ford Museum and the Greenfield Village in Dearborn. We were at the Museum when it opened at 9:30 and were completely impressed by the contents of the museum. Not only were there cars from every domestic manufacturer but huge steam engines, trains, exhibits of Lincoln, including the chair he was sitting in when he was shot. We seen presidential cars including the one that JFK was riding in when he was shot in Dallas. We saw a special exhibit of rock stars cars which was interesting. We saw the bus that Rosa Parks refused to get off of in 1955, and one of the largest steam locomotives ever built. This museum is a must see if a person is any where near Detroit. We spent several hours in the museum and then had a quick bite to eat and headed to the Greenfield Village which is a re-creation of early life in Greenfield. Henry Ford started this with his good friend Thomas Edison in the late twenties. There were lots of old cars that you could ride in, we opted for a long ride on a train with a working steam engine called the Edison. We visited some of the original laboratories of Thomas Edison that had been moved here from New Jersey. We visited the original home of Ford and his parents that was moved here from about three miles away. Lots of people dressed in period costumes made the whole thing extremely enjoyable. If anyone ever goes here be sure to check out the Museum website because the have partnerships with several area motels to offer a nights stay and tickets with a substantial savings. Well, now we will head for home with just one overnight stay and should be home by Friday afternoon.

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