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Greenfield Village, Dearborn

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Within the enormous Henry Ford museum complex, Greenfield Village is its own world. Learn how Americans have lived since the founding of the country as you wander through the historical buildings. You can visit Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright brothers' workshop, and more. In some of the 17th-century buildings, you can meet costumed "locals" in the midst of village tasks, such as farming, sewing, cooking, glass-blowing, and pottery. If you get hungry, try a typical 19th-century meal served by traditionally dressed restaurant staff at the Eagle Tavern, a restaurant that's been here since 1831. You can even ride a steam-engine train or a vintage car. Plan to see Greenfield Village and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dearborn itinerary builder .
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  • Amazing that Ford had the foresight to bring these buildings over even before he knew how relevant to history they would all be. The staff can't wait to tell you the stories and they do so wonderfully...  more »
  • It's good sometimes to get back into the past. Very large village with reconstitution of real houses (moved to this place) and habit of era for the people who work there. Very informative also. The Ford t tour is extra but it's worth at least a ride with a vehicle about 100 years ago. And it allows you to see the village a little differently even if the tour goes a little too fast for my taste
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  • On our first visit we missed really looking at the several homes brought to the village. Two especially captured my attention, Noah Webster and The Cotswold Cottage. We traveled around the work area, ...  more »
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  • It's not just a collection of old buildings. As you walk around you realize you are standing in the original buildings that are so historically important that were brought to this site but Henry Ford. You will stand inside the Wright Brothers actual workshop and learn facts about them and their impact on the world. Tour Alexander Graham Bell's lab. Tour Thomas Edison's multiple labs where he developed so many life changing inventions. The docents are interesting and knowledgeable. Ask for demonstrations, they love to show you how things work. Some of the buildings are air conditioned to preserve the contents and some are not so on really hot days make sure to plan your visit accordingly. Visit this incredible place. I'm not one to seek out history normally but I couldn't get enough of the history of this amazing place.
  • Wonderful for kids of all ages up to 100-plus years old. For younger kids through grade school, ride package includes carousel and unlimited train and Model T rides, horse-drawn transports, etc. Highly recommend for that age group. 1850s restaurant is excellent experience. Can easily spend a week in Village alone.
  • Ah-mazing experience! It really is like stepping back in time. Ride in a steam train, a Model T, or a horse drawn taxi! Everyone we spoke with was very friendly and obviously full of passion for history as well as good story tellers. I highly recommend a visit! Our whole family had a great time and I'm sure your family will too!
  • My goodness, the number of changes they've made over the years. It's been at least a decade since I was there last. The day started out kind of rainy but by the time we went to the Village, everything was good! Some of the buildings weren't open but that did not detract from our experience. We especially like watching the glass blower and the pottery makers. Of course everything is for sale in the gift shop. If we had more time we would have taken the old car ride. It was pretty cool watching them around town.
  • We had a wonderful time at the antique car festival. Everything looked so different from when I was there 24 years ago. Much cleaner, more to do and see. And all the workers were pleasant and helpful.
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