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bobbyg2013

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Henry Ford Museum
« on: April 02, 2017, 01:13:55 PM »
Visiting the following and would like ideas where to stay:  Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan:  Pro-football HOF Canton, Ohio, Washington DC area, Golf HOF in St Augustine, Fl.  I have a 26' TT, thanks.

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 03:01:59 PM »
We visit the Detroit area often and stay at Detroit Greenfield RV Park.  It's the closest RV park I've found.  If you have a toad be sure to take it because no matter where you stay you're going to do some driving to get anywhere in the area.

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 07:32:43 PM »
I have found rvparkreviews.com and Good Sam as handy reference sources when researching parks in an area.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 01:38:45 PM »
 I would like to tour the Henry Ford Museum in mid Jun in Dearborn, MI.  I have a 26' TT and need to know where is the best place to stay that won't break my bank account. How about overnight at Wal Mart?  Will the museum allow me to park my rig in their lot while I tour the museum?

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 02:07:39 PM »
DANG! Wish I could remember the campground I stayed at in Brighton when we visited the Detroit Zoo. About a half hour drive to Dearborn from there. Cheap but not too exciting. Just a place to park.

The Henry Ford Museum is great place to visit. If you like automotive history, you'll enjoy it.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 02:44:20 PM »
If you Google RV parking at Henry Ford Museum you'll find leads to both campgrounds and parking.  There aren't many campgrounds close by.  We usually stay in Ypsilanti at the Detroit Greenfield RV Park which is west toward Ann Arbor and probably a 30-minute drive away.  I saw one reference that said the museum parking lot is huge and should accommodate your trailer but that overnight parking is not allowed.  The best way to confirm that is to call The Henry Ford and ask.  I have the impression that surrounding communities do not allow overnight street parking.  And I'm not at all sure that overnighting at WalMart would be a good idea.

If you've not been there before, you can get a package rate that includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory tour.  Each one is worth a day.  Expect to walk a lot too, especially at Greenfield Village.  When I was in college I was a tour guide in the Village and I remembered the museum itself as being a dusty, dull and boring place.  No longer!  It's now a bright, cheerful, and fascinating place that easily can take days to explore.  Don't miss the early camping vehicles!

If you get into downtown Detroit, the river front has been upgraded significantly.  We spent a delightful day there last summer and took a really good river boat tour that went over to the Windsor (Canada) side, under the Ambassador Bridge, and around Belle Isle.  The narration was excellent.  The tour boat is near the Renaissance Center.  You also can take a monorail ride around the downtown area.

Another interesting place is the Tuskegee Airmen Museum which is at old Fort Wayne.  The fort is in bad shape but one of the buildings houses the museum which is dedicated to the first black pilots who flew missions during World War II.  The museum has quite a few artifacts but the most interesting thing is the video of interviews with the airmen.  Their stories tell about life in a segregated Army Air Force during the war and what it was like returning home.  There are only a few of these brave airmen left so the narrative about the era in which they lived is fascinating.  [Note: As an Army Brat in the same era, I can attest to the truthfulness of their stories.]

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 02:58:33 PM »
I would like to tour the Henry Ford Museum in mid Jun in Dearborn, MI.  I have a 26' TT and need to know where is the best place to stay that won't break my bank account. How about overnight at Wal Mart?  Will the museum allow me to park my rig in their lot while I tour the museum?

I grew up in Dearborn and have a pretty good knowledge of the area, I live about 15 minutes from Dearborn now. The campground being referenced in Brighton could be Bishop lake or Brighton recreation area. These are about 45 to 1 hour minutes from Dearborn. Closer would be Haas lake campground in New Hudson. Haaslakepark.com .Beyond that the Michigan state park website has other options.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 04:40:07 PM »
I think the Greenfield KOA is the most popular in the area,, State Fairgrounds may also offer RV parking but I DO NOT RECOMMEND.

I have some special boondock sites I can use but.. alas, I'm cleared for 'em, you are not. (company secure parking, ex employer).

I know when I had to track down a couple RVers who had come to visit the Village and museum Greenfield KOA was my first.... and last... call.

Finally... In the village there is a building, Once a  one room school house, and built with the half brick/half wood construction they used then (outside is all wood but inside of the walls the bottom half is brick lined for insulation) then a Doctor's office.. When I was there last the Docent told how the doctor often diagnosed patients as they approached, and was very rarely wrong.. (kind of like the Doctor Sir Arthur (Dolye) Studied under, same Teacher it seems)

Well when I was a child I passed that building every day on my way to school.. I remember where it was originally built.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2017, 10:57:25 PM »
I think the Greenfield KOA is the most popular in the area,, State Fairgrounds may also offer RV parking but I DO NOT RECOMMEND.


No longer a KOA, it's now Detroit-Greenfield RV Park.

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 05:02:30 PM »
We were there 5 years ago and had no problem parking in the parking lot with trailer on, lots of room and no hassels. The "old" KOA was good and close and not to expensive back then who knows now?
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2017, 05:31:42 PM »
See the Greenfield Detroit RV Park rates at http://www.detroitgreenfield.com/rates-policies-reservations.html

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2017, 05:49:06 PM »
See the Greenfield Detroit RV Park rates at http://www.detroitgreenfield.com/rates-policies-reservations.html

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This campground is nowhere close to Henry ford museum, just an FYI. A good suggestion though.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2017, 06:28:57 PM »
You're right but there aren't many any closer.  It's an easy drive on the freeway for most of the way.  That's where we stayed last spring to visit the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, his Library in Ann Arbor, the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Rouge auto plant, downtown Detroit, and Fort Wayne.

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2017, 10:24:19 AM »
In St Augustine I like the Stagecoach RV Park.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2017, 05:36:30 PM »
Ardra reminds me...

If you love old cars, a short trip to Auburn IN, north of Ft Wayne is a must.  It is home of the Auburn - Cord - Duessenburg Museum in the former ACD factory showroom.  It blew me away!
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2017, 07:59:56 PM »
Another nice stop is the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana (west of Elkhart).  It has examples of Studebaker's entire history starting with horse drawn carriages through the last car produced in 1963, including the WWII military vehicles built by Studebaker. 

https://studebakermuseum.org/

You can take a driving tour of South Bend that includes viewing the remains of the Studebaker assembly plant.

http://usautoindustryworldwartwo.com/studebakerplantphotos.htm

Have lunch at the Bonnie Doon Drive-In in neighboring Mishawaka, the last survivor of that popular 1950s chain.

https://www.facebook.com/thebonniedoondrivein/

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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2017, 06:14:51 AM »
If you like Vintage Aircraft.. The Yankee Air Force is HQed at Willow Run airport (Just west of Detroit in Ypsilanti)  I do not have much info... I do know that some years (About a decade and change) ago they had a fire that did MAJOR damage..  And I know they have a Radio Shack Scanner that can pick up aircraft band and has no problem doing AM (Yup, used to be mine) but alas that's all I know about 'em at the moment.

They do fly those planes from time to time.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2017, 06:16:05 AM »
There is also a Space Museum in Jackson, MI (Been there) and another Aero-museum in Kalamazoo (Never been there) but that's over 100 miles west of Detroit.

Back to Detroit, the Detroit Science Center is a hands on Museum

And if you like good music..  Detroit has multiple music halls including the Max Fisher center which is built around Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony.

The DSO is a "Top ten" Orchestra world wide.. by that I mean they are ranked like #6 or #7.  (in the top 10) I know a few of the folks who sit on that stage.  Served one of 'em coffee for about 3 years.

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Lots of other options too
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2017, 10:46:34 AM »
The TV was running a new "Michigan tourism" ad last night, and covered the Ford museum.
There was a cut showing a Corvair on display.
Anyone know why a Corvair is on display at the Ford museum?
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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2017, 11:01:24 AM »
Maybe showcasing competitors bad ideas? ;D  Actually, one of my brothers had a couple of Corvairs, and I thought they were a neat car.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2017, 11:04:16 AM »
While I've never been there, keep in mind that it's not The Ford Museum, it's The Henry Ford Museum. They have many displays relating to "American Innovation" as a whole.
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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2017, 04:17:09 PM »
They also have Steam Railroad engines.. Not something Ford ever made.. And Steam engines of several types.. And merry-go-round (It really works) and more.. Many products that had nothing to do with Henry Ford.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2017, 06:20:58 PM »
The museum covers ALL Americana, not just Ford history.  Probably over 95% of displays are NOT Ford products.  Old farm equipment, ways to wash clothes from washboards forward, some aviation, some railroad, lots of cars (maybe 10% of floor space).  GREAT PLACE!
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2017, 08:37:43 AM »
Lots of other options too

And don't forget the Motown Museum. Motown music doesn't appeal to everyone, but there is a lot of music history there at that museum. If you listened to top 40 radio stations back in the 60's and 70's, you heard some motown.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2017, 12:29:40 PM »
Maybe showcasing competitors bad ideas? ;D  Actually, one of my brothers had a couple of Corvairs, and I thought they were a neat car.

An uncle of mine had a Corvair. It was a fun little car to drive.

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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2017, 12:37:03 PM »
And don't forget the Motown Museum. Motown music doesn't appeal to everyone, but there is a lot of music history there at that museum. If you listened to top 40 radio stations back in the 60's and 70's, you heard some motown.

Motown. I love Motown.

We are definitely going to have to spend some time in Michigan, this year.
We already had the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo on our agenda, as we go across to Detroit, and through Ontario on our way to the Maine Coast. We'll be adding the Henry Ford and the Motown Museum to the trip.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2017, 12:44:26 PM »
Motown. I love Motown.

We are definitely going to have to spend some time in Michigan, this year.
We already had the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo on our agenda, as we go across to Detroit, and through Ontario on our way to the Maine Coast. We'll be adding the Henry Ford and the Motown Museum to the trip.

Make a good effort to stop in Downtown Detroit or at least drive thru the downtown area. Get a Coney island hot dog at either of the two (side by side) Coney Islands (unique) . Lafayette coney island and Senate coney island, drive thru Greektown, Mexican town and past old Detroit Tiger stadium, drive past the new stadiums and the newest Little Caesars arena. All within ten minutes of each other.! Many things to see as well as stop at. As you will see, Detroit is on the rebound.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2017, 09:29:05 PM »
We spent the weekend at Greenfield Village for their old car days a couple years ago.  The place was full of cars older than 1932.  Model T's of every configuration, lots of everything.  I particularly enjoyed the Stanley Steamers, Packard s, Cadillac s and the other vehicles built in the 1920's.

Also, if you're in Western Michigan, the Gilmore Car Museum a short drive northeast of Kalamazoo is one of the best museums in the USA.
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Re: Henry Ford Museum
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2017, 02:16:20 AM »
Detroit is on the rebound.

Could be very true. I want to believe so. Detroit has had a pretty bad rap for quite some time now. I spent 15 years in and around Detroit enjoying Greektown and Poletown food. As well as the Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village, the museums and ballpark.
I remember having a couple of adult beverages at Hoots at "the corner" (Ernie Harwell) before going into the old Tiger Stadium to watch a game. Kirk Gibson and Babe Ruth also found the need to wet their whistle there.
Sadly. I hear the nostalgic watering hole is now some sort of music venue. Corktown is changing.

The word is Detroit is indeed making a comeback. I just hope the area doesn't forget its roots. That is what a lot of traveling campers want to see.   
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