John Burroughs Statue, "Summit of the Years," in "Burroughs' Grotto" at Fair Lane, circa 1930

Summary

Henry Ford befriended naturalist John Burroughs in the early 1910s. The two shared a mutual love of birds and nature. In 1916, Ford dedicated a wildlife shrine to Burroughs at Fair Lane, Ford's home in Dearborn, Michigan. The "Burroughs' Grotto" contained a heated bird bath, a stone with Burroughs's signature and this statue of the famed nature writer.

Henry Ford befriended naturalist John Burroughs in the early 1910s. The two shared a mutual love of birds and nature. In 1916, Ford dedicated a wildlife shrine to Burroughs at Fair Lane, Ford's home in Dearborn, Michigan. The "Burroughs' Grotto" contained a heated bird bath, a stone with Burroughs's signature and this statue of the famed nature writer.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1930

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.O.2468

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 10 in

Width: 8.25 in

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