At Greenfield Village


We visited Greenfield Village over the weekend. At lunch (mulligatawny + spinach egg pie + mint tea) the "proprietor" of the Eagle Tavern c. 1830 knew that we were from Sandwich (Windsor didn't exist yet.) I nearly corrected him and said that we were actually from Walkerville but quickly remembered that the town wasn't founded until 1856. I'm glad I kept my mouth shut.


I always feel vaguely out of place when approached by people in character/period dress -- like I'm letting them down somehow with my 21st century attire and devices. It's more likely that I'm just feeling left out of the fun. I had a friend once who had spent her summers working at a museum out East. She assured me (repeatedly) that wearing 18th century period dress and giving demonstrations of handspinning grew very old very quickly especially in the heat. I never really believed her -- I could never grow weary of that. The heat, now, that's a different story.


I remembered that there were a couple of graves tucked away somewhere on the grounds of the 17th century Cotswold cottage. I hadn't been there (or even really thought about it) since I was 16 years old but it suddenly all came back. It was both heartening and saddening, but I was glad to pay my respects once again.
RIP Champ and Rover -- very good and faithful pals, both.

It is quite a difficult thing to remain melancholy in the presence of a friendly (read: hungry) squirrel. This fine fellow (lady?) preened and posed for me in the most charming fashion. All I had on my person was candied ginger, so I kept it to myself. I doubt that squirrels fancy ginger.

The visit drew to a close, but not before a bit of wisdom was imparted courtesy of Henry Ford himself:
I can think of worse words to live by.

6 comments:

elizabethraine said...

I went to Greenfield Village about 10 years ago. Cool place, though I liked Colonial Williamsburg more.

acommonthread said...

ooh...cool place! i love how crazed that squirrel looks....

Tara said...

I have been wanting to go back for years and never seem to get around to it. I am determined this year however!

Eleni said...

I had a friend at school whose weekend job was playing a travelling lute player at a nearby 17th Century Village experience. Frankly, as a lutist, what else could we have expected her to do with her weekends?

Angela said...

I spent 7 summers working at the Ontario Renaissance Festival. It was mostly a blast, but big costumes in hot weather did suck a lot.
Would you mind if I put that last photo up in my Pinterest (with proper attribution)?

rams said...

Ah, Greenfield Village -- the one place you can count on seeing a picture of my own true love, Charles Steinmetz (though a sympathetic/bored guide once showed us that they've hidden a big photo of Edison/Ford/Steinmetz sitting on a curb in a cabinet in Edison's lab -- his theory was that since they're all in profile it showed Steinmetz's hump too much for public taste. Harrumph.