Greenfield Village Warms Up To The Days Of Spring

Spring Farm Days in the Village April 27 – May 1

DEARBORN, Mich., April 7 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrate new beginnings with Spring Farm Days at Greenfield Village April 27 – May 1. Visitors are encouraged to help in the annual transformation as the Village moves from the cold harsh days of winter to new growth of spring. From the traditional cleaning rituals to greeting the newest arrivals on the farm, there are lots of exciting things happening at Greenfield Village. Spring Farm Days activities are free with admission to Greenfield Village. Tickets are $20 adults, $19 seniors and $14 children. Members and children under 5 are free. Greenfield Village is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. For information call (313) 982-6001 or visit the website at http://www.thehenryford.org/ .

Arbor Day Celebration

Take a moment and learn more about one of Michigan’s greatest resources, trees! Take a trek and discover the natural treasures we have here in Greenfield Village. Learn why Arbor Day is a national holiday and how the Penny Pines Program helped children to re-forest our national parks. Every visitor will take home a tree sapling, compliments of the U. S. Forest Service.

Town Hall – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Michigan State Fair Blue Ribbon Program

The oldest State Fair in the country is joining forces with Greenfield Village for the Michigan State Fair Blue Ribbon Program. Visitors can bring their green thumb, learn the history of heirloom gardening and then take what they’ve learned, plus a few heirloom seeds and grow their own produce at home. During the Michigan State Fair later this year, visitors may enter their produce into the Blue Ribbon Program and hope to win first place!

William Ford Barn – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Soap Making: Surprisingly Soft Soaps

Learn the practice of making soap from traditional recipes. You will be surprised when you see soap makers start by heading to the dirty fireplace. They show you how soap was made in the early 1900s with ashes, lard and lime.

Susquehanna Plantation – 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Frolic on the Green
Maypole Dance

Join in the music and festivity as we celebrate spring with a dance around the maypole. Throughout the centuries, diverse cultures have used the maypole as a way to commemorate the return of springtime. Young and old alike can participate in this traditional rite of spring.

Near Scotch Settlement School – Every 30 minutes – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Spring Contra Dance

Visitors are invited to the Town Hall to join in this “country dance,” no experience necessary. Join the “Picks and Sticks” band for lively music and a contra dance.

In front of Town Hall – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Sheep Herding

In the 18th and 19th centuries, farmers were usually outnumbered by their livestock making herding dogs a much needed commodity. Experience the dogs in action daily at Firestone Farm during Spring Farm Days and see how the odds were more evenly matched.

Firestone Farm Fields – 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Shearing Demonstrations

Head on over to Henry Ford’s Birthplace to watch the resident Merino sheep sheared of their heavy winter coats. See what it takes to hand shear a sheep.

Henry Ford’s Birthplace Yard – 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Springtime Tasks at the Daggett Farmhouse

The sheep have been shorn, but now it’s time to take care of all that wool. Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand with the spring cleaning at the Daggett Farmhouse. Help sort, wash, card and even spin the sheep’s wool at the farm.

Daggett Farmhouse and Yard – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mattox House Chick Chat

Come to the Mattox House and visit the farm’s chicken coop to meet our Dominique chickens, one of the oldest poultry breeds in the Americas. See the newly arrived baby chicks scurry around the farm.

Mattox Family House – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring Tonics at the Adams House

Join the ladies in the Adams Home as they cook up some home remedies to relieve the “sluggish and sickly nature” brought on by winter.

Adams Family Home – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a complete listing of events and times, please visit http://www.thehenryford.org/ . Come welcome the new season daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. during Spring Farm Days at Greenfield Village.

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. For ticket information call (313) 982-6001 or go online at http://www.thehenryford.org/ .

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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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