We just returned home to Florida from our weeklong vacation visiting my daughter and her family in Michigan. While we were there we visited The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. While most of the museum displays are related to transportation, such as antique planes, trains and automobiles, there are many displays depicting culture and life in the early days. They had many displays of primitive kitchens. I wish I had a few of these items - like the trencher bowl, shaker boxes and firkins shown in the photos below.
While we were walking around looking at the old carriages, I stopped to read the sign in front of one which caught my eye. It mentioned that the carriage came from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My ancestors originally came from that area in New Hampshire. I think I must have squealed in amazement as I read that this carriage shown below was donated by my grandfather's aunt Josephine Prescott to The Henry Ford Museum. That would make her my great, great aunt. The sign mentions that it was originally owned by her great uncle, which would make him my great, great, great, great uncle?
If you are ever in the Detroit area, be sure to visit The Henry Ford Museum. It actually takes at least two days to see the whole thing.
We had a wonderful time with the grandchildren. It had been two years since we last saw them. We spent time with them visiting various parks in the Detroit area along the shores of Lake Erie. The kids flew their kites, we all walked the hiking trails and viewed nature exhibits. The kids were thrilled because they got to swim in the pool at our hotel.
We loved every minute we spent with them and will miss them all until they come to Florida for a visit next spring.