DEARBORN (WWJ) – It’s a sure sign of Spring: Greenfield Village opens it’s gates Saturday for the 2012 season.

In true Greenfield Village fashion, there will be hands-on activities including sorting, spinning wool and taking Model T and historic locomotive rides. Guest can also enjoy costumed presenters hand-shearing merino sheep and cooking demonstrations.

Jim Johnson, spokesperson for Greenfield Village, spoke live with WWJ about one of their new attractions.

“On Main Street, which was sort of a display front building next to the Wright Cycle Shop, we’ve created a new door where people can actually shop and it will be called the Main Street Emporium. It’s right in the historic building and there will be a selection of things available representing the period from the late 1890s up through the 1920s,” said Johnson.

All 83 historic structures will be opened for business once again including Henry Ford’s birthplace, Daggett Farmhouse and the Susquehanna Plantation, where costumed presenters will be ready with a welcome and the aroma of an amazing authentic recipe prepared in the kitchens that are still in operation and found in many of the homes.

Visitors can tour the village either by foot, by train, by carriage or by sitting in the back of an authentic Model T. If a ride on a frog or a chicken is more to your liking, the 1913 Herschell-Spillman carousel can certainly take you for a spin.

Admission to Greenfield Village is free with membership or $24 adults, $22 senior (62 and up) and $17.50 youth (5-12). Children four and under are free. For more information, call 313-982-6001 or visit


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