Dearborn, Michigan is The Henry Ford. There are two parts,
Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. There are more parts,
but those were the two we went to.
Village has a working farm using the technology of the farm where
Henry grew up, some demonstration factories and shops where they
sheer the sheep,
card the wool, spin it into thread, and weave it
into finished goods. Henry also bought homes of people he admired
and moved them here, including Noah Webster and George Washington
Carver. He also brought the Wright brothers' cycle shop and Thomas
Edison's lab, where the light bulb was invented. And lots more.
16, Henry left the farm and went to work in a factory. He had been
fascinated by the farm machinery he had been using, and machines of
all types. He founded two car companies that failed before starting
the Ford Motor company. The story of his production line is
well-known, but the other thing he did differently from others of his
day was to pay his employees twice as much as other companies.
was a great admirer and friend of Edison, and they shared many traits
that made them both successful. Irony of ironies, the day we went to
Greenfield Village and learned all about Ford, and Edison, and the
Wright Brothers and others of their age that did remarkable things,
was the day after President Obama's famous “You didn't build that”
speech. A few more pictures here. Should have taken more of this place.