After lunch at the Eagle Tavern, we made our way across the lawn to the circuit court where Abraham Lincoln argued cases when he was a lawyer in Illinois.
The courthouse was slated to be torn down when Henry Ford acquired it. When it became known that he meant to transport it from Illinois to Michigan, there was quite a backlash, but in the end he prevailed and the building was added to the village. Separate from this incident, Henry Ford was quoted as saying (about his museum efforts in general):
I am collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used.... When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived, and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition.
In addition to Lincoln's courthouse, the indoor museum has the chair from the theater where Lincoln was shot as well as his top hat. We're saving such morbid curiosities for the winter, and enjoying the outdoors for as long as the sunshine lasts!
We moseyed over to the local haberdashery to try on period-style hats. (Any time you have an excuse to use words like moseyed and haberdashery, I encourage you to do so!) ShellieMay was looking for something to cover her bear-head. (hehe).
In addition to hats the kids can try on, she shop is full of vintage accessories and hat making material, like this case of beautiful old ribbons. And an on-site haberdasher!
Do you know the difference between a Carousel and a Merry-Go-Round? A Merry-Go-Round only has horses, while a Carousel has all sorts of animals.
Greenfield Village boasts a beautiful carousel that just celebrated it's 100th birthday. The Herschell-Spillman Carousel was built in 1913 and is a "Menagerie" model carousel. My girls have been riding this Carousel since they were wee infants, and we have great through the years pictures of them both growing up with the Carousel.
On our recent excursion to Greenfield Village, however, we learned something new: did you know that the Green Frog is the rarest Carousel creature, and it's considered good luck to ride on it? At least, that's what the Carousel master informed us while we waited in line. This might have been a ruse to break up the quarrel over who was going to ride the kitty cat (there is only one), and who would have to ride the puppy dog (there are only two). Fortunately, Evangeline is partial to the Pig (of which there are two) so she was OK letting her sister snag the kitty. (And, since we had unlimited ride pass, she had her chance to ride the kitty later in the day).
For a bear that travels as often and is loved on as much as our Duffy is, a little extra luck with not getting lost, sticky, dirty, or otherwise damaged is worth a shot!
I tried to get a picture of Duffy ON the green frog, but in the end this was the best I could do. Enjoy! :-)