Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Out in the Orchard
Fruit orchards were planted in various locations around the estate consisting of apples, pears, cherries, and other varieties of fruit. The open lawn next to the weeping beech tree was previously an apple orchard with fruit favored by Mrs. Ford.
This unique weeping beech tree is believed to have been planted as a gift from the Fords' son and daughter-in-law, Edsel and Eleanor Ford, in commemoration of the Fords' 50th wedding anniversary. The Fords were married on April 11, 1888.
Beyond the weeping beech tree and peony garden, a screened playhouse once stood, where the miniature farmhouse is now located. The playhouse enclosed a sandbox built for the Ford grandchildren.
"We had a marvelous time out there...We had the run of the house." - Henry Ford II
Erected by Henry Ford Estate and MotorCities National Heritage Area.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 11, 1888.
Location. 42° 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. From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Fair Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Farmland to Great Estate (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 400 feet away); A Trail Garden (about 400 feet away); In Honor of Friendship (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.