Business Lessons from Firestone Farm
17 artifacts in this set
Firestone Farmhouse at Its Original Site, Columbiana, Ohio, circa 1876, Robert, Harvey and Elmer with Grandmother Sally Anne Firestone
Benjamin and Catherine Firestone raised their three children in this farmhouse, including future tire magnate Harvey Firestone. Originally located near Columbiana, Ohio, the 1828 house was updated in 1882 to appear more stylish and up-to-date. The Firestone farm, reinstalled in Greenfield Village in 1985, provided a tangible reminder of the close relationship between Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.
The Firestone barn is a Pennsylvania-German bank barn, an American barn type with Swiss origins. They are called bank barns because the barn is built into a bank, allowing wagons to be driven into the upper floor. Bank barns combined multiple farm functions under a single roof. Livestock were kept in the lower floor, crops on the upper floor.
Between 1916 and 1924, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and naturalist John Burroughs embarked on a series of camping trips. They called themselves the Vagabonds. The group spent much of their time relaxing and exploring nature, but they also found other diversions. Here, Firestone and Edison examine a rubber tire inner tube.
Many 19th-century Americans recorded births, deaths and marriages in family bibles. Mothers, or some other family member, faithfully documented these significant family events on dedicated pages in the bible. Subsequent generations sometimes added and updated entries. This bible belonged to the Firestone family and includes the name of Harvey S. Firestone, the founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.
Between 1916 and 1924, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and naturalist John Burroughs embarked on a series of camping trips. They called themselves the Vagabonds. These Vagabonds enjoyed retreating from the fast-paced world to explore nature and the pre-industrial countryside. In 1918, the group stopped to help a local farmer harvest his crops. Ford and the farmer look on as Firestone struggles with the grain cradle.