If you live anywhere in Southeastern Michigan, mostly likely you’ve taken a field trip or a family day to Greenfield Village. Greenfield Village is an 80-acre historical park featuring 83 authentic, historic structures, including Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, and the house where Wilbur and Orville Wright lived. Many time periods are represented from Colonial America through the early years of the 20th century. Greenfield Village offers several hands-on ways to experience history as well, including glass blowing and candle making workshops or taking a ride in a Model T!
My husband and I treated my Uncle to a day at Greenfield Village as his Christmas present. We spent all day there and boy were we tired! There’s a lot to see and a lot of walking, so we missed a couple things. If you stayed and watched several of the presentations given, you definitely wouldn’t be able to see the entire village in one day. I would recommend taking a look at the website ahead of time and listing your priorities.
My favorite things to see are the buildings that have cooking demonstrations and large vegetable gardens. I also really used to enjoy the blacksmith’s shop, but I think budget cutbacks have prevented live demos. I also really like Thomas Edison’s lab as I remember this building with it’s shelves full of chemical bottles from childhood field trips to the village. And Cotswold Cottage is very charming and has a beautiful flower garden.
Have you been to Greenfield Village? What are your favorite sites to see?