The historic structures of the estate, including the main house, are closed during restoration.
The grounds and gardens are open for visitors daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 1-September 30. The grounds are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays only and closed on weekends from October 1-April 30.
Grounds admission is free. The house will open periodically for special celebrations, events and sneak peeks at restoration in progress. Sign up here to follow the progress of the restoration.
Point-and-shoot photography is allowed on the grounds. Professional photography, including for special occasions or portraits, requires a permit and is only available on weekdays. To inquire about photography on the grounds, contact Annie Rubel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-668-3196 and refer to our Photography Use Guidelines.
“I believe a home isn’t four walls;
it’s a place where you get the strength to go on.”
– Henry Ford
ABOUT THE HOME
& THE GROUNDS
A life story written in stone, steel and blossom - Fair Lane was Henry and Clara Ford's home for more than 30 years, and it was the culmination of hopes, dreams and hard work
With their fame and success soaring, Henry and Clara moved into Fair Lane in Dearborn, Mich., in 1915, after the booming success of the Model T, the assembly line and Ford's $5 workday policy. These were ideas that changed the world, and the Fords were people of action and ingenuity
Fair Lane was much more than a simple domestic haven. It was a private laboratory space for Henry's tinkering and discoveries, a canvas for Clara's love of gardens, a retreat to discuss ideas with friends like Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burrows, a hall for favorite pastimes like music and dance, and a place to gather the grandchildren to share their passions and dreams.
Built on 1,300 acres of farmland, just miles from Henry and Clara's birth places, most of the estate's original structures stand today, including the main residence, the powerhouse that supplied energy to the estate, the greenhouse for Clara's extensive gardens, the boathouse and the stables
The home, one of the first historic sites to be designated a National Historic Landmark, has an eclectic mix of English castle and prairie style, mixing European grandeur and Midwestern charm. The grounds and gardens were designed by esteemed landscape architect Jens Jensen.
Henry Ford Estate • Dearborn, MI 48128
The estate is seeking garden volunteers to assist on Friday mornings and every other Saturday from April through November with tasks including planting, weeding, mulching, cultivating, pruning and sweeping. Anyone interested in gardening is welcome; in addition, the Estate is an approved site for Wayne County Master Gardeners to obtain required volunteer hours. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pamela Morrison, Landscape Coordinator, at 313-668-3195, or Karen Marzonie, Director of Landscapes, at 313-668-3193.