Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
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Historic Sites • Gardens • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Telling the story of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their family through their historic home on the shores of Lake St. Clair. We offer tours, programs and special events at this National Historic Landmark. Edsel Ford was the son of Henry Ford, and he built his grand home in the style of the Cotswold villages in England. Surrounded by 87 acres of scenic lakeside grounds, the home and landscape are open for tours in all seasons. The home was designed by prominent Detroit architect Albert Kahn and Jens Jensen, one of America's foremost landscape designers and conservationists. It is filled with original antique furnishings, as well as art from the Fords' vast collection. Ford House also hosts popular events, including a Fairy Tale Festival in June, Detroit Symphony concerts in July and holiday tours and events in December.
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  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,266 contributions
    A Wonderful House and Grounds
    We visited the Edsel Ford house on our trip to Michigan. We really enjoyed our visit. The new welcome center is beautiful. The grounds are amazing set on the shores of Lake Saint Clair. There is a wonderful playhouse on the grounds that Ford had built for his daughter. The house is wonderful. It is a Tudor revival style. The interior has rooms decorated in various eras of the house. The home is actually modest for the amount of wealth the Ford’s had. The wow factor for me was the art. Most of the art are reproductions, the originals that used to hang in the home now reside in places like the Detroit Institute of Arts. The original works were by artists as varied as Holbein and Chagall. The home is also interesting for its history of the Ford family and the auto industry. I highly recommend a visit to the Edsel and Eleanor House.
    Visited August 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2021
  • Redlakelady
    Michigan340 contributions
    A delightful afternoon on the lake!
    When eight family members got together in Grosse Pointe for an afternoon luncheon on the lake, we didn't know what to do with the rest of the beautiful day. Someone mentioned the Ford Mansion, and surprisingly even though six of us live relatively close by, no one had ever been there. It was the best way to complete our day! The tour of the estate is clearly at your own pace, be it the beautiful grounds on Lake St. Clair, or the mansion itself. Inexpensive for an informative tour.
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 18, 2022
  • Dewayne P
    Elizabethtown, Kentucky1,846 contributions
    Early 20th Century treasure
    Free parking upon arrival through the gate house. VC is the start for purchasing tickets, food, and a small museum. The property is large, and one can purchase $5 tickets just for the grounds or the $10 ticket to include the self-guided house tour. Of the 60 rooms guests get to see a good portion, set in the Ford's era with their artifacts.
    Visited November 2022
    Written November 26, 2022
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J D
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Sep 2020 • Business
What a beautiful grounds to be able to visit, especially during Covid-19.
They do follow the executive orders, you can feel comfortable enjoying the grounds and waterfront without a worry !
Make sure your group is not too big, they will enforce the rules.
Take your camera and make some memories!!!
Written September 5, 2020
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan924 contributions
Oct 2021
We visited the House and Gardens. The House is beautiful and very well preserved and maintained. We did a self-guide but there were many docents throughout the house that provided additional information and answered questions. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. There were some flowers in the Garden but I'm sure that during the summer, it is spectacular. They are currently renovating the lagoon and pool. You can peak in and get a look at the extensive renovations. We will definitely return when the pool/lagoon renovations are complete and during the summer when we can tour the Gardens. Also, the new Visitor Center was completed earlier this year and is very nice. They have some exhibitions, restaurant and a gift shop.
Written October 12, 2021
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JRJT_Travel
los angeles20 contributions
Oct 2021
Lots of history, wonderful art and objects, and beautiful grounds. Plus the docents were incredible -- extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You could easily spend the day here: touring the house, lunching at the lovely restaurant, and walking the grounds. A highlight of our first trip to Detroit, a much-maligned but architecturally beautiful city with friendly people and great food.
Written October 11, 2021
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Claudea H
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Lovely place for lunch. Couldn't get into a tour, so saving that for next time. Staff at front info desk and at the restaurant were very nice and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Waitress was very honest and helpful
Written August 29, 2022
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Sharon G
South Bend, IN40 contributions
May 2022
Being a history buff and an avid gardener I was in awe of it all. The elegance with a"family home"feel . The docent was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions.

Was really surprised at the fee for my daughter and me - less than I expected for a single admission.
Written May 31, 2022
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FunTravelerForSure
Fort Lauderdale, FL212 contributions
Jul 2022
The Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate is a must see in the Detroit area. The home and grounds are magnificent to see and the tour guides are fun and knowledgeable. What a great way to see how they lived at that time and we are so fortunate that it has been kept so well for us to enjoy. The home is beautiful as are the grounds. So much to see. If you are really into it, book the "behind the scenes tours" which are well worth seeing.
Written September 5, 2022
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L B
Taylor, MI464 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Taking the tour is really cool. They have two different ones. We did the regular one, I want to go back and do the behind the scenes one. For as old as that house is it is beautiful and way ahead of its ti.e!!
Written July 21, 2023
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lawtonjl2002
Norwich, NY400 contributions
Sep 2022
Incredible experience included as part of our bus trip. The estate is beautifully maintained and full of history. Guides were very knowledgeable and thorough. The gardens and grounds hold many exciting discoveries too.
Written September 26, 2022
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CynthiafromOhio2011
Cleveland, OH346 contributions
Jan 2012
After touring Meadow Brook Hall (from the Dodge money located in Rochester MI - see my separate review) one day, the next day in early Janaury I visited this mansion. Although both mansions were built during the same time (late 1920's-early 1930's) and in roughly the same English castle style, I enjoyed this place somewhat more. Both are extravengent, opulent and worth seeing; however, the Edsel Ford House also has the wonderful view of Lake St. Clair. Furthermore, the guide here was excellent, a font of knowldedge about the house and so enthusiastic.

Although they were taking down the decorations for the Holiday, the house is just outstanding -- a combination of various formal, traditional furniture and unique art deco rooms. The mansion had everything from sold gold faucet handles in Edsel and Elanor's bathrooms to built in the floor scales in the bathrooms! I particularly loved the art deco rooms with leather on the walls and the art deco room that the oldest son had. WOW!

In addition to touring the house, we visited the gatehouse with a turntable to move the cars around and the playhouse. The playhouse is bigger (but not taller) than most appartments in NYC, and has the cutest little bathroom, where are fixtures have been minuartized. The playhouse had its own kitchen, and china with Josephine Ford's (the only daughter of Edsel & Eleanor) initials engraved.

This was a wonderful site and great tour. The weather was chilly and damp so I did not really tour the grounds this trip (hopefully, next time). The only disappointment was that there was no DVD of the house to purchase at the gift shop to preserve the memories. Otherwise, the gift shop had a large selection of books, etc. There is a cafe there (which was closed during my visit), but it is fancy white-table cloth dining and nowhere to grab a quick bite to eat.

In my view, this is the Mansion to visit if you are only going to see one in Michigan. Although it is only 1/4th the size of Meadow Brook Hall (20,000 square feet vs. 88,000 square feet), it was a more impressive site. It lacks the hidden staircases, etc. of Meadow Brook, but the art work is overwhelming (although some of the orginals have been sent to the Detroit Istitue of Art).
Written January 6, 2012
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Renee M
Michigan65 contributions
This home is impressive.The ground are great too. The tour is nice during all 4 seasons. Christmas is beautiful.We had a rude guide especially fo a class of 4th graders.
Written January 26, 2012
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