Liberty
Craftworks

Enjoy a stroll by the mill pond and watch skilled artisans demonstrate centuries-old techniques, including glass blowing, weaving, pottery, and more.

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Liberty Craftworks Store

Be captivated by American-made handcrafts in this Arts and Crafts-inspired store featuring those created by our own artisans.

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Glass Shop

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Artifact

Factory (Structure)

Date Made

1931

Summary

The Glass Shop was constructed in 1930 to demonstrate the art of glass making as practiced in nineteenth century America. It was modeled after the Boston and Sandwich Glass House, located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2005, the shop was rebuilt, enlarged and updated with modern equipment. Today, our artisans create up to 10,000 pieces of historic and contemporary Studio Glass annually.

Object ID

30.2001.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

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thehenryford.org

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Pottery Shop

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Artifact

Building (Structure)

Date Made

circa 1935

Summary

The Pottery Shop was designed in 1939 by Edward L. Cutler, an architect who helped Henry Ford create his historic village. Designed as a reproduction rice mill to house 19th century threshing machinery from a South Carolina plantation, the building was repurposed as the Pottery Shop in 1984. Today, visitors view demonstrations of hand-made pottery including salt-glaze and slip wares.

Object ID

00.583.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

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Printing Office & Tin Shop

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Artifact

Workshop (Work space)

Date Made

1933

Summary

The Printing Office and Tin Shop was built in Greenfield Village in 1933. For decades, the building served as a utilitarian print shop for Greenfield Village, and it now houses a recreated 19th century small town newspaper print shop and a tinsmithing studio.

Object ID

33.710.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Armington & Sims Machine Shop

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Armington & Sims Machine Shop

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Artifact

Machine shop

Date Made

1930

Summary

This building essentially provides support for a system of shafts and pulleys that distribute mechanical energy to the rows of metal working machine tools arranged along the building's length. The machinists who worked in shops like this could tackle a wide range of jobs. America's nineteenth century machine shops were a training ground for many technological innovators.

Object ID

30.1999.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Armington & Sims Machine Shop

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Gunsolly Carding Mill

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Artifact

Mill (Building)

Date Made

circa 1850

Summary

John Gunsolly operated this water-powered carding mill as well as a saw and cider mill on the Middle Rouge River near Plymouth, Michigan beginning in the 1850s. Area farmers brought their wool to this mill to have it carded (combed) so it could be spun into thread.

Object ID

29.3056.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Loranger Gristmill

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Artifact

Mill (Building)

Date Made

circa 1832

Summary

Gristmills -- usually among the earliest businesses established in a community -- ground grain harvested by local farmers. This mill, originally located in Monroe, Michigan, was set up to grind both corn and wheat. It incorporates a sophisticated conveyor system, developed by Oliver Evans in the late 1700s, that moves grain through the building to undergo a variety of processes.

Object ID

28.1001.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

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Weaving Shop

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Artifact

Mill (Building)

Date Made

circa 1840

Summary

The Greenfield Village Weaving Shop demonstrates the evolution of textile production from the colonial home and craft shop, through the Industrial Revolution to commercial factory. Housed in a converted 1840s Georgia cotton mill, the Weaving Shop contains a number of working looms, including one of the few operating, hand-Jacquard looms in North America.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

39.579.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

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Hanks Silk Mill

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Artifact

Mill (Building)

Date Made

1810

Summary

Rodney and Horace Hanks built this mill in 1810 in Mansfield, Connecticut. It was one of the earliest American silk mills and produced some of the first silk with machines that were powered by a water wheel. Here, the Hanks brothers produced silk thread for sewing that they proudly called "the oldest and best brand of silk on the continent."

Object ID

31.1088.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Liberty Craftworks Shop Online

Glass

Beautiful, handcrafted objects are created daily at the Liberty Craftworks' Glass House  

Merino Wool

Greenfield VIllage's sheep provide beautiful Merino wool.  

Liberty Craftworks Store

Artisan-crafted pottery is on sale at Liberty Craftworks Store