Greenfield Village – A Step Back in Time

One of my early visits to Greenfield Village in the early 70's
One of my early visits to Greenfield Village in the early 70’s

Growing up in Michigan I discovered my love of history thanks to a man named Henry Ford at a place he built called Greenfield Village.  Greenfield Village is an outdoor living history museum dedicated in 1929 and opened to the public in June 1933.

Most of the structures in this village have been moved and relocated to their present site while others are reproductions.  From an exact replica of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory Complex to the actual Wright Brothers Cycle Shop, there is a cornucopia of history from the 17th century to modern times.

As a child I remember the awe that this placed instilled in my soul.  Taking my family there brought back many childhood memories including being chased around Ackley Pond by a goose and subsequently bit by the beast.

If you ever find your self in Michigan, this should be on the top of your list of places to visit.

Berry College – Ford Buildings

I have been in Georgia for twenty years and have never taken the time to visit Berry College.  These English Gothic style structures were built with money donated by Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company. Ford did not want recognition for his donation and it was not revealed until 1930 that he was the benefactor.

The entire campus was quite beautiful and has a great history.  Martha Berry originally started this venture in the early 1900’s to educate rural students.  To this day students still work on campus to help pay for their education.  They do everything from accounting to running the waste water plant.

There is also an incredible Grist Mill on the property.