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

From Farmland to Great Estate

 
 
From Farmland to Great Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 1, 2015
1. From Farmland to Great Estate Marker
Inscription. Once open farmland, the osage-orage 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 1920ís, 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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
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
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.
traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is at the north end of the Ford residence. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America.
 
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.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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