Greenfield Village, Michigan

Greenfield Village is a collection of over a hundred relocated buildings and thousands of pieces of historical machinery that are meant to recreate the ways in which Americans have lived and worked since the inception of the country. Over 90 acres on the property are filled with actual and reconstructed buildings staffed by historical interpreters who demonstrate crafts, trades, machinery, and ways of domestic life. Activities as varied as milking cows, weaving on early 19th century looms, repairing hundred year old locomotives, and blowing glass are performed to educate visitors and illustrate the progress of technology that made the industrial age possible.

One of the highlights of Greenfield Village is the relocated laboratory complex of Thomas Edison from Menlo Park, New Jersey in which he invented the phonograph and the (commercially viable) incandescent bulb. My favorite sections however were the relocated 1880’s Firestone Farm, the early 20th century locomotive roundhouse, the colonial Connecticut Daggett Farmhouse and Cape Cod Farris windmill built in 1633, the 19th century Armingston & Sims machine shop, and the craft village which included demonstrations of multiple types of 19th century weaving looms, glass blowing, and print making, among other things. Staffed with the incredibly knowledgeable interpreters, the entire village truly brings history to life and is something I enjoyed immensely.

Greenfield Village, Michigan

Greenfield Village, Michigan

Greenfield Village, Michigan

Greenfield Village, Michigan

Locomotive, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Locomotive, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Firestone Farm, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Firestone Farm, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Firestone Farm, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Firestone Farm, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Piglets, Firestone Farm, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Piglets, Firestone Farm, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Crompton & Knowles Power Loom, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Crompton & Knowles Power Loom, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Sawmill, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Sawmill, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Glass blowing, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Glass blowing, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Armington & Sims Machine Shop and Foundry, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Armington & Sims Machine Shop and Foundry, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Loranger Gristmill, originally built in 1830 on Stony Creek, Monroe, Michigan, relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Loranger Gristmill, originally built in 1830 on Stony Creek, Monroe, Michigan, relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Millstones, Loranger Gristmill, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Millstones, Loranger Gristmill, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Roundhouse, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Roundhouse, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Locomotive inside roundhouse, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Locomotive inside roundhouse, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Thomas Edison's original office and laboratory, relocated from Menlo Park, New Jersey to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Thomas Edison’s original office and laboratory, relocated from Menlo Park, New Jersey to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Thomas Edison's laboratory from Menlo Park, New Jersey relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Thomas Edison’s laboratory from Menlo Park, New Jersey relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Thomas Edison's laboratory from Menlo Park, New Jersey relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Thomas Edison’s laboratory from Menlo Park, New Jersey relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Relocated Wright Brother's bicycle shop from Dayton, Ohio to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Relocated Wright Brother’s bicycle shop from Dayton, Ohio to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Ackley covered bridge from West Finley, Pennsylvania, relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Ackley covered bridge from West Finley, Pennsylvania, relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Obligatory turtle picture, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Obligatory turtle picture, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Recreated outer buildings and grounds from Cotswold Cottage, originally built in Chedworth, Gloustershire, England in early 17th century and relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Recreated outer buildings and grounds from Cotswold Cottage, originally built in Chedworth, Gloustershire, England in early 17th century and relocated to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Farris Windmill used to power corn gristmill, mid-17th century, relocated from Cape Cod to Greenfield Village, Michigan

Farris Windmill used to power corn gristmill, mid-17th century, relocated from Cape Cod to Greenfield Village, Michigan

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