The Man grew up in Dearborn and the Ford estate was part of his newspaper route as a child and came to know the family and he and his buddies were known to sneak on the property to swim in the hidden lake as they called it. As a teenager, he caddied at Dearborn Country Club and carried the clubs of Henry Ford's sons and as an adult he was a research physiologist at Ford Hospital. His esteem for the Ford family is high and he has many interesting stories of their kindness and commitment to the community. He knows the estate quite well and likes to go there to write and is extremely knowledgeable of its history.
When we visited, the estate wasn't open for the summer yet but we wandered the grounds with others who also wanted a nice walk on a pretty day. As always, The Man brought his camera and insisted upon taking pictures of me. Sigh. Of course, I was having a bad hair day and was sans makeup but I'm including some them--he took twenty-five!--anyway. LOL!! Here are some photos of Fair Lane with me cluttering up the landscape.
Here is a sign that gives a bit of the history of the estate:
The entrance to the mansion. The doors were open because they were getting ready for a wedding reception. Yes, it's available for events! How cool is that?
These beautiful gates are the entry to the Ford's favorite garden.
This lovely gazebo was built for Clara Ford and is where she spent her mornings after she became ill. It is also where Henry Ford held private meetings. Some historic decisions were made in the auto industry.
This little house not far from the front door of the mansion was the playhouse of the Fords' grandchildren.
This is the place I liked best on the estate. These lovely rapids powered the generator designed by Henry Ford's best friend, Thomas Edison and provided electricity to the estate.
I absolutely fell in love with this wonderful historic site and hope one day, I can see more of it and its grounds. I hope y'all enjoyed it, too!!!! If you're interested, check out the links to learn more about it.