Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Detroit, MI (Sat.8/4-Mon.8/6)

What a study in contrasts! We left rustic northern Michigan and arrived in suburban Detroit at Camp Dearborn, with every imaginable amenity (water/electric, showers, laundry, 5 lakes on site, a swimming pool, evening dances!, canteen with hotdogs, ice cream, etc.) On our way, we stopped near Bay City for a bike rack suitable for the 5th wheel, that Ardy had researched online before she came. Yeah! Sunday we spent at the Henry Ford complex - seeing the museum and Greenfield Village. (Discount ticket vouchers also through the campground).
Above is the actual vehicle that Presidents Ford and Reagan were in at the time of the asassination attempts on their lives. Behind is the car President Kennedy was in. Amazing history...
We could be camping in this...

Greenfield Village is an amazing historical experience -- Henry Ford had actual buildings brought here (Thomas Edisons's workshop, George Washington Carver and the Wright brothers' childhood homes) and many other reproductions built. You can take a ride in an actual model T Ford. Above Grandma Ardy sits with the boys in a tintype photo studio (photo taken with modern digital camera!) The workers didn't dress in period dress (they all had Greenfield Village uniforms) BUT they are actual apprentices and professionals in the arts of the time -- from spinning pottery on a wheel and selling it in the shop (fifty pieces formed a day) to running an entire farm using the technology from the 1700's. The boys were amazed!
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