2024 Michigan Family Vacation Day 2: Dearborn

 Our big stop of the day was in Dearborn. I'd researched the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, but I was still amazed at how impressive it was. Both areas were packed to the gills and really could have taken a full day each. 

Old carriage. It's hard to see, but I was shocked at how small it was!

Car seats have come a loooong way!

Super cute! Hallmark ornaments through the years.

The chair Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot.

Gabe's favorite vehicle!

Race car simulator

Apparently, it's a real workout and difficult to be accurate.

The actual bus Rosa Parks protested on.

My little engineer.

We had to drag ourselves away from the museum so we could spend some time at Greenfield Village. The village is a part of the same complex and is just a short walk away from the museum. 

Greenfield is a collection of buildings and houses that were moved to this location to form a simulated village. There are streets, lampposts, sidewalks. There's a church, townhall, school, a windmill, and the homes of notable and unknown people alike.

Beautiful Cottsword Cottage

Thomas Edison's lab

Edison's lab and office

Robert Frost home

Daniel Webster's home. This one offered a full tour which was very informative.

There was so much to see here. Many of the buildings had guides dressed in period garb who gave tours and answered questions. I wish we could have stayed longer, but it was HOT and we were exhausted. 

We tried to see GM headquarters in Detroit, but it was a madhouse. There was construction and a pro-Palestine protest so we decided to just get back on the road. I'd love to try and visit again some day, but maybe not when things are so crazy and we're towing a U-Haul.

With that detour out of the way, we made it to Cheboygan, MI at a decent hour. We book 3 nights in our hotel so we were able to settle in a little bit. Dinner was at a nearby diner which also served ice cream.


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