Photographer's Note

I'm taking a little break from the Iowa trip photos I have been posting so I can put a couple photos into the scavenger hunt.

Yesterday I was at Greenfield Village which is a collection of buildings from around the United States created by Henry Ford in 1929. It was based on a Swedish (I believe) model and was built around the time Historic Williamsburg was made in Virginia. In a time of growing concern about the abandonment of the old "American" way of life for the new industrialism brought on by Ford historical preservation began to boom.

Ford got in on this by creating a huge collection of ordinary objects made in America. This collection is now in the neighboring Henry Ford Museum. In this village he collected numerous buildings including the homes of Merriam Webster, the Wright Brothers' shop, Edison's laboratory and a small power plant of his. The Firestone (the tire family) family farm is also here as a working farm. And numerous other buildings offer various views at the American past.

Here we have the Farris Windmill in the foreground. It was built in the mid-1600s and is said to be the oldest windmill in the United States. It originated in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and was moved three times before being moved here. The Farris family ran this to grind corn for three generations.

The building in the back is the Dagget Farmhouse. The farmhouse was built in 1754 in Andover, Connecticut by Samuel Dagget. He ran a family farm and built furniture and houses. His wife made clothing and took care of the animals and children.

Together these two buildings offer a glimpse at early New England daily life.

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