Baseball, fireworks and the Easter Bunny will dazzle visitors to Greenfield Village this season. The historic park also will celebrate a big birthday this year—its own.
Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford museum complex in Dearborn, will mark its 90th anniversary on October 21. On that day in 1929, Henry Ford opened his grand, new attraction with the help of his friends Thomas Edison and President Herbert Hoover.
Planning is not complete for the birthday bash says spokeswoman Melissa Foster, but in the meantime the Village has thrown off the blanket of winter. Starting April 13, thousands of visitors will again stroll the village green through 300 years of history. Five must-see buildings, according to the Greenfield Village director Jim Johnson, are:
Thomas Edison’s Menlo Lab: It was moved lock, stock and barrel from New Jersey to Greenfield Village, where in 1929 Edison himself re-enacted the invention of the incandescent light bulb.
The Wright Brothers Cycle Shop: Here, brothers Orville and Wilbur sold and built bicycles—and invented their first flying machines. The shop and the nearby Wright Family Home were moved from Dayton, Ohio to Greenfield Village in 1937.
Logan County Courthouse: A young Abraham Lincoln argued cases here from 1840-47. It was brought to Greenfield Village in 1929.
Henry Ford’s Birthplace: A small white house carefully restored by the automotive pioneer.
In season, Greenfield Village buzzes daily with demonstrations of farming, weaving, glass-blowing and other crafts from early America. Visitors can ride the Weiser Railroad or take a spin in a Model T around the 80-acre park.
Special events this year include Easter Bunny visits, April 20-21; Civil War Remembrance days, May 25-27; historic baseball games June 8-Aug. 18; and the Motor City Muster car show, June 15-16.
America’s past was treasured by Henry Ford, but Greenfield Village also celebrates the nation’s future. Patriotic “Salute to America” Fourth of July concerts on July 3-6 will shimmer with fireworks and the music of the Detroit Symphony.
Greenfield Village is open daily April 13-November 3, 2019 and weekends and select Holiday nights in November-December. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tickets to the Village and in combination with the other attractions are available. (www.thehenryford.org; 313-982-6001)