Greenfield Village Reopens April 15

Visit the New Expanded Glass Shop in Liberty Craftworks Thomas the Tank Engine Rolls Into the Village April 16

DEARBORN, Mich., March 10 /PRNewswire/ — Greenfield Village springs to life on April 15. Be a part of it all as the steam trains fire up, the Model T’s rumble through Main Street and the horses begin to plow the fields on the warm days of spring. From the 1800′s working farms to the artisans making American crafts in Liberty Craftworks, Greenfield Village is bustling with excitement this spring. New this year is the expanded state-of-the-art glass shop in Liberty Craftworks District.

The new 2000 square foot expansion in the Greenfield Village glass plant will give visitors an unobstructed view of the Village artisans creating traditional American glass. Not only can visitors watch blowers produce glass, they now have the chance to work with the medium and pull a souvenir flower. The pulled flower project requires a timed ticket. Timed tickets, as well as hand-crafted glass and pottery, can be purchased at the Liberty Craftworks Gift Shop.

“We made expanding the glass plant a priority,” says Christian Overland, Director of Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. “It has always been a favorite amongst our visitors. Before the expansion, visitors crowded into a small space with a very limited view of the glass blowing process. The new expanded facility not only creates a more spacious environment for people watching the glass blowers, but it gives our artisans more room to work.”

A stroll through the Greenfield Village’s seven districts brings 300 years of American experiences and traditions to life.

* Working Farm District: Come explore the heart of late 19th century rural America.

* Liberty Craftworks: Witness the sights and sounds of early American manufacturers around you.

* Main Street: Taste the times with treats from the frozen custard stand and the Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop as you stroll through the heart of Main Street.

* Edison at Work: Step back in time to the moment when Thomas Edison changed the world with the development of the light bulb.

* Henry Ford’s Model T: Catch a ride on an authentic Model T and get to know Henry Ford from childhood through the founding of the Ford Motor Company.

* Railroad Junction: All roads lead to the depot and to the railroad roundhouse where you can feel the industrial muscle of early America.

* Porches & Parlors: See American houses in a neighborhood setting, walk inside the homes of Noah Webster, Robert Frost and George Washington Carver.

All aboard as Thomas and Friends returns to Greenfield Village! Thomas the Tank Engine(R) rolls into Greenfield Village April 16-17 and 22-24 for Day Out with Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour. Children of all ages will get a chance to see their favorite story book characters come to life and get the opportunity to take a 25 minute train ride with the real steam engine. For reservations call (313) 982-6001.

Greenfield Village Information

Open Monday-Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to Greenfield Village: $14-$20, children under 5 and members free.

There are more reasons than ever to become a member of The Henry Ford. Annual membership passes start at as little as $39. Members receive unlimited admission to Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American experience to life. For more information please visit our website http://www.thehenryford.org/

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