Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Grosse Pointe Shores

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Tours of the Ford family's historic home as well as 87 acres of landscaping highlighting local flora and ecosystems

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Promotional value expires Nov 27, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per party per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Children 5 and under free. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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; 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. Guests are able to view 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.

Customer Reviews

Interesting tour .
Edward S. · December 29, 2014
Wonderful guide, amazing house! Live in area and cannot believe I had never been there. I highly recommend it, you will not be sorry!
Kathy B. · October 4, 2014
My friend and I decided we were not waiting and putting off any more. We went and had a lovely lunch and our waitress was exceptional, Kristal. Next we went on such a delightful educational tour with the most wonderful tour guide, Janet Bush. What a delightful lady and she told us so many interesting details and we are so excited to return in Spring, Summer, Fall and during the holidays to enjoy all the home with holiday decorations. As you can see we were totally I awe and are so looking forward to our return. I would tell all this is a very worthwhile, educational, delightful tour and everyone would enjoy this. Janet Bush was the best!
Sharon K. · January 31, 2014
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