If you are a history person or love seeing how things were done back in the day, then you need to visit Greenfield Village! You get to ride in a Model T, watch baseball the way it was when it started, ride a train (sometimes even Thomas the Tank Engine), check out historic buildings (even the way they looked back when the famous people lived in them). It’s just a great place to visit.
With that being said, if you are in the area, whether visiting or you live here, I would suggest this as a place to go. If you have a few days to spare, I will make it a couple of day trip to make it through the entire place and spending time at each place. It’s also great to go to at different times of the year to see how different things are. During certain times you will see the baseball games, gardening going on, enactments of different things.
For those of you not familiar with Greenfield Village, it’s part of the Henry Ford Museum. From their website:
Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning. There’s the fun stuff, too. In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans; you can watch 1867 baseball or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine. It’s a place where you can choose your lunch from an 1850s menu or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people — people whose unbridled optimism came to define modern-day America.
Here are just some of the things you’ll see while visiting Greenfield Village!
1867 Baseball at Greenfield Village
Yesterday we took another trip to Greenfield Village and decided to check out the old-time baseball game that takes place during the summer weekends. They played by the rules of 1867 Baseball, which make the game nothing like it is today. It’s great to watch, although we didn’t stay for the entire event.
We got the chance to get a picture of Thaddeus with a couple of the players. Which was kind of nice, although I don’t think Thaddeus cared too much.
The game was between the La-De-Dahs vs. the Royal Oak Wahoos! Here are just a couple pictures of the field and players. It was a bit hard to get good pictures during the game with spectators walking around all the time.
Then there is the parade video. This is done actually before the game. The parade is taking the players throughout Greenfield Village and bringing them to the field to play their game for the day. It’s a pretty cool thing to see in person.
Remember, that the baseball games only take place during the summer weekend. So make sure you make it there on a weekend during the summer so you can watch one in person. Oh and they sell the peanuts and popcorn during the game too!