Spring has Sprung as Greenfield Village reopens on April 15

Special activities and dramatic programs just for the spring season


DEARBORN — Greenfield Village, one of the world’s premier history destinations, will reopen on April 15.


Family memberships are available for $99 (with special coupon, available at www.thehenryford.org).


Members receive free admission to Greenfield Village’s daily programs and special event weekends including Civil War Remembrance, Motor Muster, Ragtime Street Fair, World Tournament of Historic Base Ball and Old Car Festival. Members also get in free to Henry Ford Museum and exhibits such as Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2.


Member get discounts on special events like Salute to America, Hallowe’en and Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, as well as discounts on IMAX movie tickets and retail purchases.


The 2009 season starts off with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends as they return for Day Out With Thomas April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Children of all ages can watch one of their favorite storybook characters come to life, and take a 20-minute train ride on a real steam engine pulled by Thomas.


Additional tickets are required for the train ride.


The coming of spring brings new beginnings and activities in Greenfield Village. Visitors can stroll down to Firestone Farm to see the newest additions to the barnyard family – wrinkly Merino lambs. At the Ford Home, watch costumed presenters hand-shear grown merinos just as farmers would have done in the late 19th century. Visitors can lend a hand at the Daggett Farmhouse in sorting, washing, carding and spinning wool after the Merino sheep are shorn. Percheron draft horses will prepare the fields for spring planting.


At the Firestone Farm Fields, visitors can try their hand at clearing the fields of rocks turned up by plowing. Sow seed in the pasture or watch a horse-drawn seed drill.


Visitors to Greenfield Village this season can witness the restoration of the Sarah Jordan Boarding House. After a fire broke out in the building’s upper level in January, the home suffered smoke and water damage. Over the next several months, crews will be refurbishing this historic structure.


Tickets are $22 adults, $21 seniors (ages 62 and up), $16 youth (ages 5-12); children under 5 and members are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org.