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Fair Lane: Home of Henry & Clara Ford- Re-opens

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Image Credit: Fair Lane from trail on opposite side of Rouge River BY Rmhermen (CC-SA-4.0)

Fair Lane

1 Fair Lane Drive

Dearborn, Michigan 48128

“I believe a home isn’t four walls; 
it’s a place where you get the strength to go on.” 

– Henry Ford

Our gardens and grounds have re-opened to visitors 7 days a week from 8am-6pm.

Please click here for important information about your visit, including new safety policies.

When you arrive at Fair Lane, please visit the information kiosk in the parking lot for our policies and recommendations, as well as new walking maps. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Follow the restoration work: https://www.henryfordfairlane.org/follow-the-project

A life story written in stone, steel and blossom – Fair Lane was Henry and Clara Ford’s home for more than 30 years, and it was the culmination of hopes, dreams and hard work.

With their fame and success soaring, Henry and Clara moved into Fair Lane in Dearborn, Mich., in 1915, after the booming success of the Model T, the assembly line and Ford’s $5 workday policy. These were ideas that changed the world, and the Fords were people of action and ingenuity.

Fair Lane was much more than a simple domestic haven. It was a private laboratory space for Henry’s tinkering and discoveries, a canvas for Clara’s love of gardens, a retreat to discuss ideas with friends like Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burrows, a hall for favorite pastimes like music and dance, and a place to gather the grandchildren to share their passions and dreams. 

Built on 1,300 acres of farmland, just miles from Henry and Clara’s birth places, most of the estate’s original structures stand today, including the main residence, the powerhouse that supplied energy to the estate, the greenhouse for Clara’s extensive gardens, the boathouse and the stables.

The home, one of the first historic sites to be designated a National Historic Landmark, has an eclectic mix of English castle and prairie style, mixing European grandeur and Midwestern charm. 

Link to the website: http://henryfordfairlane.org

Image Credit: henryfordfairlane.org

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