Seven things I like about Greenfield Village

Sunday was the first day I’d been to Greenfield Village since I was a shivering teenager with improper footwear on a Christmas walk like 8 years ago.

Here are some things that I really liked about it this time around.


rum and cider

The Eagle Tavern serves booze. The fact that it is not common knowledge that you can drink as much as you want at Greenfield Village is beyond me. Motor City brews (giant) beers especially for them! But we opted for Stone Walls — rum and organic hard cider. And they were delicious.


This gorgeous doorknob. Which leads you to Thomas Edison’s office. THOMAS EDISON’S OFFICE.



There is a working farm on Greenfield Village. Like, it actually grows food that actual people eat. And where there are working farms, there is livestock. Look at this sheep!

Look at this rooster!

Look at these turkeys!


grimm building detroit

This is Englebert Grimm’s jewelry store, which used to be on Michigan Avenue in Detroit between Wabash and Vermont. Henry Ford used to visit Mr. Grimm’s store to buy watch parts, and they would discuss mechanics.

Engelbert Grimm was German (look at this building; I mean, can’t you tell?) and also a prominent local musician and organist.

grimm earrings


firestone farm

It’s fall at Greenfield Village.

fall greenfield village

And it’s really something lovely.

eagle tavern crows

Some of the Halloween decorations are a little tacky, but I adored this murder of (fake) crows and a lone buzzard watching over Eagle Tavern.


saw mill

I liked that even if you’re not really geeked out, or even that sharp, on industrial history, you can still enjoy the architectural grace of some of these buildings.

menlo park

And of course, the historical reverberation. I mean, this is Menlo Park. MENLO PARK!


greenfield village millinery

And you can try on the hats at the “local” millinery.

Personally I think this look is coming back for fall 2010.

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  1. Sue Blanchard - October 12, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    You didn’t like Martha-Mary Chapel? Maybe it was your #8. During a field trip in the fifth grade I decided when I got married my wedding would take place there and then I did have my wedding there on November 1, 1975!

    There were several candelabras in the chapel originally and I’m thinking there was a chandelier with candles as well. Sometime in the 80’s the Dearborn Fire Marshall decided they were too dangerous and they’re not allowed anymore. I’ll post a picture on fb if you’d like.

  2. Nancy Paradis - October 13, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    I love the fact you can just go,sit anywhere in the Village with a good book and read in such a wonderful atmosphere!

  3. Deanna Wetzel - October 13, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    I love that my children love the ‘lillage. We go just about every Sunday and they have learned so much about history, historic figures, law, innovation, transportation, geography, literature, …

    What memories we shall always have from our times shared at Geenveal Lillage.

  4. amy - October 13, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    @Sue: We didn’t see the Chapel on this visit! We just got a membership, which makes for leisurely, frequent field trips, so maybe it will be on my list of the NEXT seven things I like about Greenfield Village.

    I’d love to see a photo!

    @Nancy: Exactly! Sometimes when you’re a kid you get hustled around places like this on school field trips, but it’s nice when you’re an adult and you can just enjoy the scenery. I feel the same way about the Zoo. (The membership helps in this department too :)

    @Deanna: ADORABLE. So adorable.

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