Friday, July 17, 2009

Vacationing in Michigan

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.

6 comments:

basketsnprims said...

Patti ~
It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation, though the weather was probably a little cool. Love the old firkins and trenchers. I'm so glad you had fun with the grandkids.
Pam

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Hi Patti,
What a wonderful time ya must have had...it's hard to be far away from the kid/grandkids. I know, my son is in TX, I still haven't met my little granddaughter yet!! So glad ya were able to visit and spend fun time together! :)
I love the pics and how coooool about the carriage!!!

Have a great weekend.
hugs-Kath

Janene said...

What a great vacation you had!
Love all the pics.
Enjoy your weekend!

Shari said...

We used to live near the museum many years ago! We loved going there and taking our daughter. We would always go when out of folks came to visit, cause there was so much to do. There was way more to see than just cars. Do they still have the fabulous carousel?

Shari

Patti said...

I believe that the carousel is in Greenfield Village which is the adjoining park next to the museum. We didn't go to the park this time but I do remember seeing it there two years ago. You're right about there being so much to do there. That's why we wanted to go back again this year. We didn't get to see everything during our last visit.

Gen said...

I just got back from Michigan myself I didn't get to see the Ford Museum tho that will be on my list to see the next time I'm up that way. Glad you had a good time :)