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Springtime! Greenfield Village Now Open

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) It may not feel like spring — but here’s a sign better things are coming: On Monday, April 15, Greenfield Village opened for the 2013 season.

What’s new? “A number of new additions being added this year, including new programming in honor of Henry Ford’s 150th birthday and new construction projects taking place in the Liberty Craftworks district,” said Melissa Foster, spokeswoman for The Henry Ford.

Enjoy the many seasonal offerings Greenfield Village has to share, along with special programs throughout the year honoring the life and legacy of our founder, Henry Ford.

Stroll through 300 years of history and journey into the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past that inspired Henry Ford. See what life was like for a young Henry when you step inside his birth home, explore the workshop where he built his very first motorized vehicle or take a ride around the Village inside his most famous invention- the Model T. New this summer, stop inside Miller School and experience young Henry’s informal education and tinker with clock parts, machines and principles that challenged him.

The coming of spring brings new beginnings and activities to Greenfield Village. Visit Firestone Farm to see the newest additions to the barnyard family. Watch as costumed presenters hand-sheer the grown Merino sheep just as they did back in the late 19th century. Lend a hand at the Daggett Farmhouse in sorting, picking, washing, carding and spinning wool after the Merino sheep are shorn.

The first big weekend event  of the season starts with a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine and friends as they roll through Greenfield Village for a “Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013.” The train departs every 30 minutes, so there will be plenty of chances to take a ride with Thomas and participate in Thomas and Friends themed activities. Additional tickets are required for a train ride.

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 www.thehenryford.org.

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