Whether you’re a new visitor to Holiday Nights at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village or never miss a year, this year’s holiday season celebration has some wonderful new additions you won’t want to miss.
As you make your way through the village during your visit, make it a point to visit Smiths Creek Depot. Inside this 1858 depot you’ll find a group of Civil War-era presenters creating relief boxes for soldiers fighting far from home during the holidays. Just as we send care packages to soldiers today, families sent their loved ones boxes of needed and appreciated goods during the Civil War. What might you find in a box like this? Favorite foods, often wrapped in small boxes or tins; letters and cards, as well extra paper and writing utensils so letters could be sent back home; books; candles; socks (a crucial item to have during colder months); and things to pass the time, like playing cards.
Also new this year is a special reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Adams Family House. The house is undergoing renovations right now, so it’s been closed to the public. However, fans of the house can still gather around a warm fire circle and listen to a Christmas literary classic.
Taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells during Holiday Nights is definitely going to make you hungry. Make sure to try our new individual plum pudding desserts or stop by one of our carving stations while walking from house to house.
If you visit The Henry Ford this holiday season, make sure to share your photos with us online – tag them with #GVHolidayNights. We can’t wait to see what inspires you during your visit.
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Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn. She lives in Royal Oak. When she’s not sharing some of her favorite artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford with fans on Facebook, she’s at home crafting. You can learn more about Holiday Nights by check out The Henry Ford’s blog.