Detroit Michigan Area: Cars and a Whole Lot More

Detroit Michigan Area: Cars and a Whole Lot More

Detroit, Michigan is an interesting place to visit, being the motor capital.  The suburbs hold many surprises.

Dearborn, Michigan has the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.  The museum is large, but looks cluttered with the many exhibits there.  Greenfield Museum, however, has over 100 buildings spanning the centuries of our country’s existence.  Some of the buildings have great historic value, such as Thoman Edison’s Menlo Park NJ laboratory, Wright Brothers bicycle shop, Noah Webster’s home, Henry Ford’s birthplace, and Abraham Lincoln’s law offices.

Visit also the Drayton Plains Nature Center in Waterford. This is a small, but neat, preserve located in a residential area on the Clinton River (Not named after Bill and Hillary). The Center has an interesting display of local fauna in their natural habitat. We have seen similar exhibits at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago, but this one brought the local residential animals into better perspective.

The center has numerous nature hiking trails. They, however, are not very well marked..

Travel to Rochester to see Oakland University’s Meadow Brook Hall. This is a must see 110 room Tudor style mansion built in the 1920s. It was the home of Matilda Dodge of Dodge Motors fame. When her husband died, she married lumber tycoon Alfred Wilson. They increased the grounds from a mere 340 acres to over 1400 acres. The mansion boasts 24 fireplaces and beautiful decorative arts. The exterior is pretty impressive. Each of the chimneys are different. There is a stable for at least four horses and a garage for eight autos. There is also a child’s six-room playhouse in the Tudor style. Even in those days, it was rough being sent to your room, because you misbehaved.

John Pelley is a Geriatric Gypsy. He is retired from the rat race of working. He is a full-time RVer, who ran away from home. He began our travels on the East Coast and, like the migrating birds, seek the warmth of the seasons He has discovered volunteering with the National Park System. He has a CD he has recorded of Native American flute music., A Day with Kokopelli. For pictures, links, and more information visit

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs took a series of camping trips together between 1915 and 1924. They called themselves the Four Vagabonds. In this film of the group, John Burroughs plants a tree; the group walks, dines, and relaxes at the campsite; and Henry Ford climbs a tree. THF_HFS_V.200.FC.X.17
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