Henry Ford Estate Celebration



Saturday, July 27 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Special Presentation at 11:30 a.m.
FREE admission


fairlane_logo Henry Ford Estate
One Fair Lane Dr, Dearborn, Mich.

Let’s celebrate!   The day-long party features live music, dance demonstrations, a special Dearborn Farmer’s Market a display of influential Ford automobiles. Party goers can tour the beautiful gardens, relax on the riverfront grounds while enjoying specialty foods from the Food Truck rally or gather with friends in the Tashmoo Biergarten.

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Automotive Display

What would a celebration of Henry Ford be without automobiles? Significant vehicles representing the innovation and evolution of cars during. Henry’s lifetime will roll into the historic garage and courtyard at the Estate to recognize the momentous impact he made worldwide.  Among those on display will be a replicas of Henry’s first horseless carriage – the 1896 Quadricycle  and first race car –  the 1901 Sweepstakes , a rare 1903 Model A and fine examples of the Model N, Model T, Model A, the V8 and even a 1942 Ford  GP Jeep and a Fordson Tractor. There will also be a Ford concept car on view linking innovations pioneered by Henry to that of today.

Music and Dancing

dancingHenry and Clara loved to cut a rug and The Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband is the perfect band to set the tone at this grand celebration.  Specializing in the music of the Ford Orchestra, made popular from 1926 to 1943, Ruffwater will be on the Estate Terrace for traditional dance music and demonstrations, including contra dancing, square dancing, the quadrille, the waltz and more.  Guests can put on their dancing shoes and join in or sit back and enjoy some casual listening music performed by a second ensemble group that will be in the Rose Garden.

Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market

In honor of the Fords’ strong support of agriculture and local farming, the Dearborn Farmer’s & Artisans Market will set up a special Saturday market at the Estate.  Guests can support local farmers and entrepreneurs by purchasing quality, fresh and wholesome local produce, breads, cheeses and meats.   Other finds are fine juried artisans, garden art, soaps, and woodworking.

Food, Drinks and Friendship

Henry famously came together with his fellow Vagabond friends Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burrows for outdoor excursions that included collegiality over meals together.  His birthday celebration will offer the same – with a modern twist.

Food Truck Rally

A movement that would make Henry proud – Fresh, handcrafted, locally sourced food prepared and sold out of a vehicle! Food truck rallies have been one of the hottest food trends over the past year and this one features some of metro-Detroit’s favorite mobile food vendors:

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  • Big R BQ – Wood fired barbeque old fashioned, slow cooked barbeque

  • Dago Joe’s – Italian favorites, like handcrafted pasta, hearty meatball sandwich, with original sauces

  • Franks Etc – The ultimate in traditional, casual picnic fare, featuring hot dogs and sausages

  • Green Zebra – Upscale, Contemporary gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches

  • Jacques’ Tacos – Fresh, Delicious Mexican cuisine

  • Ned’s Travel Burger – Hand-raised Black Angus Grass Fed Beef, turkey or vegan…served on buns baked fresh daily at Holiday Market in Royal Oak.

  • Peoples Pierogi Collective – These aren’t your ordinary pierogis

  • Treat Dreams – Exotic and innovative ice creams


Tashmoo Biergarten

One of metro-Detroit’s new favorite reasons for coming together, Tashmoo goes on the road for a pop-up, family friendly, European-style beer garden serving popular local brews at communal tables and benches made from recycled materials.


A Glimpse into the House

Perhaps nothing says more about a couple than their home.  Coming Together will be an opportunity for the community to visit Clara and Henry’s inner sanctuary and see the spaces one more time before work begins on the restoration and reimaging.

Exploring the Landscape

lilacs gateHenry’s deep commitment to the environment and sustainability lives on in Ford Motor Company even today.  The Environmental Interpretive Center, located within the historic corridor of the estate, will offer guided walks that will highlight Henry Ford’s interests in bird conservation, ecological restoration, and other related interpretive elements.

Birthday Cake

What would a birthday celebration be without cake?  Thanks to the culinary arts students at Henry Ford Community College, party goers will get a tasty treat – free!  A specially created Henry Ford themed cake and ice carving will showcase the talents of the students while honoring the college’s namesake.

Meet the Authors/Book Signing

bookAuthors of two new books focused on Henry Ford will be present throughout the day to informally talk about their publications and sign copies. The Quotable Henry Ford is by Michele Albion , curator at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Fla. Ford Motor Company’s Corporate Historian and Creative Manage Robert Kreipke just recently published Faces of Henry Ford:  A Pictorial History of Henry Ford.


Coming Together is made possible by:



Thanks to our community partners:

University of Michigan/Dearborn, Henry Ford Community College, Henry Ford Heritage Association, City of Dearborn, Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, and Tashmoo Beirgarten