It’s Springtime in Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village to Reopen on April 15

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

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

It’s the first chance of the season to see 300 years of history in Greenfield Village. Visitors can go to Firestone Farm to see the barnyard animals and the newest additions to the family – wrinkly Merino lambs. In the fields, visitors can lend a hand with springtime chores whether it be planting, clearing the fields of rocks turned up by plowing and more.

Also, while at Firestone Farm, visitors can check out its new roof, fresh coat of paint, new rag rug made at the weaving shop and new wallpaper.

At the Ford Home, visitors can see costumed presenters hand-shearing grown Merinos just as farmers would have done in the late 19th century. Visitors can lend a hand at the Daggett Farmhouse in sorting, picking, washing, carding and spinning wool after the sheep are shorn.

Visitors also can take a Model T ride, a turn on the carousel or a leisurely tour of the village on the horse and carriage. The Liberty Craftworks district offers world-class artisans in the glass, pottery and tinsmith shops working on new creations and techniques.

The first big event weekend starts with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends as they return for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010, April 24 to 25, and May 1 to 2 and 8 to 9. Thomas fans are invited to spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine and celebrate his 65th birthday. Children 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.

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