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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

From Farmland to Great Estate

 
 
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By Joel S., September 1, 2015
1. From Farmland to Great Estate Marker
Inscription.  Once open farmland, the osage-orange tree hedge on the right still exists. It dates from the 1800's farming community that formed the boyhood environment of Henry Ford. Landscape designer Jens Jensen told the Fords he would transform the land back " . . . to the way it was when the Indians skied down the banks of the Rouge." By incorporating then newly-discovered principles of ecology, Jensen was able to create a tapestry of meadows and forests from soybean and corn fields which, when combined with the proximity of water, helped screen out the pressures of modern living.

By the late 1920’s, the estate consisted of approximately 1,300 acres and included orchards and agricultural fields, seven gardens, greenhouses, servant cottages, a boathouse, a skating house, a maple sugar shack, a pony barn, and a hydroelectric powerhouse to generate electricity.
 
Erected by Henry Ford Estate and MotorCities National Heritage Area.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included
From Farmland to Great Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 1, 2015
2. From Farmland to Great Estate Marker
Closeup of upper left photo. Caption: Farmland in 1914.
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Location. 42° 18.859′ N, 83° 13.951′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Fair Lane Drive 0.3 miles west of Evergreen Road, on the left when traveling west. This marker is at the north end of the Ford residence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Fair Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); A Trail Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); On the River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Path of the Setting Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Garden Masterpiece (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
From Farmland to Great Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 1, 2015
3. From Farmland to Great Estate Marker
Closeup of upper right photo. Caption: Aerial view of Fair Lane, 1940.
From Farmland to Great Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 1, 2015
4. From Farmland to Great Estate Marker
Closeup of map key
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By Joel Seewald, August 31, 2010
5. From Farmland to Great Estate Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   5. submitted on June 29, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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