“like stepping in an 80-acre time machine”
Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning. There’s the fun stuff, too. In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans; you can watch 1867 baseball or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine. It’s a place where you can choose your lunch from an 1850s menu or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people — people whose unbridled optimism came to define modern-day America.
This is only half of the Ford Museum Complex. If you get within an hour of these places, divert. Be sure you have enough time for either. You might want two days if you can do both. Be ready for a whole lot of walking.
This is the outdoor half. It is not cheap, but it is good value. The 80 acres is just the well traveled part. If you ride one of the trains all the way around, you will get to understand just how big this place is.
The Greenfield Village is an attraction well worth a detour if you plan to be passing near the Detroit metro area. It is extremely interesting and engaging. We will not be sorry you stopped.
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