They say the top tourist attractions in Michigan are Frankenmuth, Mackinac Island, and Greenfield Village. Gerlinde had seen the first two, but I wanted to make sure she got to see Greenfield Village before she and Jonathan left for the summer.
Also, Jonathan has been crazy about trains since he was little, and I wanted to make sure he got another chance! Here comes a real-live steam locomotive to take us for a ride…the oldest continuously operated steam locomotive in the country!
Greenfield Village is like a museum park…full of original buildings from historic America. Here is the Wright Brother’s Cycle Shop from Dayton, OH. The plaque mentions that it was a mere 65 years from the inception of flight at Kitty Hawk until Neil Armstrong and the American team were walking on the moon!
This is Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park lab, transported from New Jersey. Over the course of his lifetime, he patented over 1000 inventions, perhaps the most famous being the electric light, although he also did lots of work with phonographs and sound recordings, ETC!
Greenfield Village was a heritage gift from Henry Ford, who began mass production of cars. His childhood home was only 3.5 miles from the site, and in 1929 he had his home transported here as one of the earliest additions. This is his kitchen as he remembered it as a child.
If you ever get to the Detroit area, you might enjoy visiting!