Working
Farms

Immerse yourself in an actual setting of 19th-century farm life.

Daily Activities at Working Farms

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Highlights

Wrinkly Merino Sheep

Popular 19th-century Breed

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Wrinkly Merino Sheep

Wrinkly Merino Sheep, a popular breed among 19th-century wool producers, are bred at the Firestone Farm. It took Greenfield Village nearly 25 years to breed this specific type of sheep! Every spring, shearers at Firestone Farm carefully navigate blade shears to remove each sheep’s thick fleece – a process that can take several hours as they shear around each wrinkle.

 

Firestone Farm Demonstrations

1870s farm life

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Firestone Farm Demonstrations

Working with a late 1870s coal stove, we cook and bake Midwestern recipes with Pennsylvania-German influences. Depending on the time of year, you may also see demonstrations of pickling and early canning procedures.

 

Firestone Farmhouse

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Artifact

Farmhouse

Date Made

1828

Summary

Benjamin and Catherine Firestone raised their three children in this farmhouse, including tire maker Harvey Firestone. Originally located near Columbiana, Ohio, the 1828 house was updated in 1882 to appear more stylish and up-to-date. The traditional Pennsylvania German layout of the Firestone's farmhouse was transformed, with a central foyer, separate dining room and kitchen, a sitting room, closets, wallpaper, and fancy new furniture.

Object ID

83.1.0.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Working Farms District

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thehenryford.org

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Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

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Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

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Artifact

Laboratory

Date Made

1929

Summary

Constructed in Greenfield Village, this building was an experimental soybean research laboratory during the 1930s. Henry Ford was looking for ways that farmers could use crops for industrial purposes, especially in the manufacture of car parts. Special equipment was designed here to process soybeans into oil and meal. Today, this building houses agricultural implements from the museum's collections.

Object ID

29.3051.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Working Farms District

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

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Perry Royce Reaper, circa 1881

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Perry Royce Reaper, circa 1881

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Artifact

Reaper

Date Made

circa 1881

Object ID

00.3.16519

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Perry Royce Reaper, circa 1881

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What is The Henry Ford?

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William Ford Barn

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Artifact

Barn

Date Made

1863

Summary

William Ford built this barn in Springwells Township, Michigan, in 1863, the same year his son Henry was born. William Ford primarily used it to store grain and hay, though livestock and tools occasionally were housed in the structure as well. The barn was modified for Greenfield Village and today holds stables for the museum's horses.

Object ID

34.780.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Working Farms 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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Working Farms

Firestone Farm

This mid-19th century farm includes fields, a working barn, animals, and cooking demonstrations.  

A Day's Work

Barns stored animals and equipment needed on the farm.  

Working the Fields

Farm work is managed using traditional equipment.  

Farm Animals

Cows are kept on the farms in Greenfield Village.  

Wrinkly Merino Sheep

Sheep provide the wool that is spun into cloth and made into clothes.  

Sheep Shearing

Each year the sheep are sheared for their wool.  

Life on the Farm

Poultry was an important food source in early America.  

Laundry Day

Laundry was washed by hand and hung out in the sun to dry.  

Harvesting Food

Working in the fields to harvest food at just the right time was part of farm life.  

Cooking at Firestone Farm

Watch as a traditional mid-day meal is cooked and eaten.  

Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

This 1929 building housed research on how agricultural products could aid industry.