A Day at Greenfield Village and the Old Car Festival

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Really glad I went to this. I think it was the 29th annual Old Car Festival. These are old. Really old. The most recent year allowed was 1932, the oldest was...well, how old can you go?

A companion venue to the Henry Ford Museum, the Village is a collection of historic buildings, some chosen strictly for architecture, and some for historical significance. Henry Ford bought these buildings and had them disassembled and moved here, then rebuilt piece by piece. For those buildings that couldn't be purchased exact copies were built. From the Wright Brother's Bicycle shop to a courthouse wherein Abraham Lincoln practiced law, from Harvey Firestone's family farm to a Cotswold Cottage.

Of course we went to see the automobiles, and see them we did. A 1901 Locomobile, a 1922 Rickenbacker, a 1931 Pierce Arrow. There were hundreds and hundreds of cars there. But it was as much about the setting, history, and people as it was cars.

Here is a representation. There are well over 200 photos in the album and a link to the album at the bottom. Of course you can click through any of the images to get to the photostream. Things aren't necessarily tidy, not everything is in order. I shot over 1200 photos and wasn't paying a lot of attention to sequence.

The Torch Lake. This is the oldest regularly operating locomotive in the US. Originally built for mining, it is an articulating design. The drive wheels rotate on a separate turntable for the tight turns required in mining.

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This is a scaled down copy of the Ford Mack Avenue Plant.

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The workroom in the Wright Cycle Shop where the brothers designed and built parts for the Wright Flyer. This is the actual building and equipment which was purchased and moved here. The sign states that it was only 65 years from this until man landed on the moon. You can see a mockup of a the center wing section in the photo. The exterior of the building and a shot of the bicycle sales area are in the album.
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A Sears Automobile, year unknown
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This is a mockup of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory. It is built to exact size. This is the lab where the lightbulb and many other inventions were produced, and it houses much of his original equipment. His entire campus is at the Village.
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The oldest automobile at the event, a Conrad Motor Carriage. The company was in business from 1898-1902. The owner was not sure of the exact year, but knows this is #149 and figures it to be 1899-1900.
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A 1930 MG M Type.
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1929 Packard 626 Radiator cap.
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A 1922 Rickenbacker A
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One of the many antique bicycle riders that attended
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Abraham Lincoln Argued cases in this courthouse as a traveling attorney.
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The rumble seat of a Cadillac Lasalle. Many of the owners go the extra mile to set up their display.
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A section of the Village's Roundhouse and railyard. This houses 3 steam locomotives and 2 diesel switch engines. The turntable is manual, it takes several people to rotate it.
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American Poet Robert Frost lived in this house in Ann Arbor when he taught at the University of Michigan.
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The event went into the night with autos driving around the village, intersections were managed by 'traffic cops' in full costume. A 1930 Chevrolet.
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Album link

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