Historic sites show us how people used to live: in historic sites with all their possessions behind glass display cases. Look into the past with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for a guided tour of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House for two (up to a $24 value)
- $24 for a guided tour for four (up to a $48 value)
- $36 for a guided tour for six (up to a $72 value)
Admission includes a guided tour of the home, and a tour of the grounds with an iPod Touch. It also grants access to the outer buildings on the property. Click here to view the schedule of tour times throughout the year.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
As the sun rises and sets on the shore of Lake St. Clair, it illuminates a historic mansion surrounded by 87 acres of gardens, meadows, and lagoons. The light catches the elm and sugar maple trees, blue lilacs, and other local florae, treating guests to the same idyllic views that Edsel Ford—the only son of Henry Ford—used to enjoy with his wife, Eleanor Clay Ford, and their children. Built in 1929 and now open to the general public, this historic house and its surrounding grounds give visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of one of America's most prominent families.
Edsel and Eleanor Ford were renowned for their progressive design tastes and support of the arts, and these forward-thinking sensibilities are readily apparent throughout their Gaukler Point home. Detroit architect Albert Kahn chose to characterize it as a cozy escape from city life by recreating the aesthetic of a Cotswold village cottage, complete with stone roofs, vine-covered walls, and lead-paned windows. But the Ford's decidedly modern style is still visible—for every antique and stuffed and mounted Model T, guests can also spot the sleek, custom-made furnishings and leather-paneled walls recommended by interior designer Walter Teague. The acres outside those walls were shaped with equal care by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, who chose to accentuate the area's natural beauty without giving any indication of manmade interference.
Of course, the Ford House would be incomplete without the invention that made the Ford name—the automobile. Reflecting that legacy and Edsel's own passion for designing vehicles, the garage houses Eleanor's custom-made 1952 Lincoln Town Car, a 1914 Detroit Electric, and a 1965 Mustang. The crown jewel of the exhibited collection—when it is not being displayed at car shows and museums across the country—is Edsel's treasured 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster, a vehicle that he personally spent years conceptualizing and then refining into a sleek, aluminum-bodied roadster.
What some people are buzzing about:
99% of 643 customers recommend
“Wear comfortable shoes you will be doing some walking. Beautiful place. :)”
“The staff is helpful and friendly and the restaurant on site is great. The entire afternoon spent there was a pleasure and I would highly recommend it for anytime of...”
“The staff is helpful and friendly and the restaurant on site is great. The entire afternoon spent there was a pleasure and I would highly recommend it for anytime of the year, yet especially during the holiday season! ”
“Make time during your visit to eat at the Cafe, it's wonderful! ”
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