The home of automobile pioneer Henry Ford and his wife Clara from 1915 to 1950, this estate, known as Fair Lane, reflects ... More
Henry Ford Estate - Fair Lane
The home of automobile pioneer Henry Ford and his wife Clara from 1915 to 1950, this estate, known as Fair Lane, reflects Ford's love of nature and his simple, eclectic tastes. Originally set on 1,300 acres of wooded land, the estate includes a powerhouse recently restored to operating capacity. Most of the land was given to the University of Michigan, but the remaining 72 acres was designed a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The house was built with roughly hewn Ohio limestone. Much can be learned here about one of history's most important men. Tours are USD10 for adults, USD9 for seniors 62 and over, USD6 for children 5-12, and free for children under five years. Also see Henry Ford Museum.
The Henry Ford Museum told its story without the guides even having to speak!! The flood line was unbelievable. The fact that they slept in dif beds and used the one bed on the balcony for SPECIAL nights was a good idea ha!! The view and the woodwork, the machinery and the walkway by the river ...it was all so beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I will be sure to visit again soon! Thank you for an experience I will never forget!
Recently toured the estate while visiting the museum and factory. Interesting tour, reasonably priced. Many areas not shown, but enough to get a feel for the Ford's way of life. The power plant designed by Edison was interesting. Certainly crude by today's standards but probably a masterpiece for the era. Seems a shame that the university has turned it (the estate) into a restaurant, but I suspect the economics of maintaining the estate dictate this. If in the Dearborn area, by all means take the tour of the Fairlane Estate.
This is the best, inexpensive way to enjoy your day in the Detroit area. You can walk around the grounds for free and it is really worth it! Hidden stone stairs, a mini waterfall! Even if it's the Rouge it's still pretty. Some say there is a tunnel under the waterfall connecting to the house. I myself have not yet been inside but it's a fun idea. There are trails everywhere with message boards here and there for your Henry Ford Estate learning needs. You'd better get there soon because they are doing a lot of remodeling and they have just tore down the beautiful grapevine pillars back in the woods area. Unfortunatly, as splendid as the Estate's are, the grounds are obviously poorly taken care of. One site in particular would be the 3 ajoining gazebo's that Henry and his Wife would go and have lunch's. In the front of it is a rectangular pond that is very overgrown and almost disgusting. You can tell at one time this was an ideal place for the Ford Family gatherings and I think today he would be appauled at the scene.
Even if you don't care for grand and opulent old homes, here are gardens, pools, the Rouge River flowing by, long meadows, woodland trails, frogs, garter snakes, butterflies, woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, songbirds, wildflowers -- you'd never know you were so close to Detroit. Never eaten at the restaurant, though many people have advised me to, but I've often returned to the estate and the grounds.