Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Significant name Dearborn Inn and Colonial Homes Dearborn
Significant name Fair Lane Dearborn
Significant name Ford River Rouge Complex Dearborn
Significant name Henry Ford Square House Garden City
Significant name Ford Valve Plant Northville
Significant name Schuyler Mill-Ford Soybean Plant Complex Saline
Significant name Piquette Avenue Industrial Historic District Detroit
Significant name Henry Ford Estate Fort Myers
Significant name Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Detroit
Architect Henry Ford Square House Garden City
Notable visitors Visitor Slabsides (John Burroughs Cabin) West Park
1923/00/00 Ford?buys the Inn from Cora Lemon. With the intention of creating a living museum of Americana, he expanded the property to 3,000 acres in the towns of Sudbury and Marlboro. Owner Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury
1923/09/00 Henry Ford visits the Mercer Museum Visitor Mercer Museum Doylestown
1925/00/00 Henry Ford begins buying and restoring antebellum plantations in Ways Station (now Richmond Hill). He will eventually accumulate 70,000 acres, covering 120 square miles. Owner Richmond Hill Plantation Richmond Hill
1925/00/00 Henry Ford begins buying and restoring antebellum plantations in Ways Station (now Richmond Hill). He will eventually accumulate 70,000 acres, covering 120 square miles. Owner Strathy Hall Richmond Hill
1925/00/00 Ford adds buildings to the Wayside property including the one-room Redstone School (relocated onto the property in 1925) and a fully functioning Grist Mill (built in 1929). Owner Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury
1928/00/00 From 1928-1947, Ford operates the Wayside Inn School for Boys, a trade school that prepares indigent boys for potential employment in Ford's factories. Benefactor Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury
1929/10/21 The Edison Institute is dedicated by Herbert Hoover. The attendees include Marie Curie, George Eastman, John D Rockefeller, Will Rogers, and Orville Wright. The dedication was broadcast on radio. Architect Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum Dearborn
1930/05/06 John D Rockefeller Jr comes to the Wayside Inn to talk to Henry Ford about managing historic sites and the restoration of Williamsburg's Raleigh Tavern. Advisor Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury
1931/00/00 Tennessee Governor John I Cox sells Kilkenny to Henry Ford. Ford restored and renovated a number of plantation houses during the 1930's, but Kilkenny appears to have been a favorite with him, as he duplicated its design in the nearby James Massey House. Owner Kilkenny Plantation Richmond Hill
1935/00/00 Henry Ford buys Fort McAllister and restores it as a historic site for the public. Owner Fort McAllister Richmond Hill
1936/00/00 Cletus Bergen reimagines Hermitage Plantation into 6,900-square-foot home with an elevator and stainless steel appliances, a drawing room, dining room, library, kitchen, six bedrooms plus a servant's room (all upstairs) and seven bathrooms. Home Richmond Hill Plantation Richmond Hill
1936/00/00 Built by local labor near the Ways Station School, the Community House at 10512 Ford Ave serves residents by teaching cooking, home economics, sewing, dancing and other activities at no cost. The Fords attend many of the social activities. Benefactor Richmond Hill Georgia
1937/00/00 Martha-Mary Chapel is built by Henry and Clara Ford. Named for the mothers of Henry (Mary) and Clara (Martha), the pews, tables and other furnishings for the chapel are made in the plantation carpentry shop. St Anne's Catholic Church, 10550 Ford Ave. Benefactor Richmond Hill Georgia
1938/01/00 Henry Ford pays Bailey Carpenter $3 for a typical $.35 hair cut. The barber chair in Carpenter's Barber Shop, now at 11460 Ford Ave, was bought by Ford. Born 15 March 1910, in Ways Station, Bailey died in Richmond Hill at the age of 98 on 23 Feb 2009. Life Richmond Hill Georgia
1939/00/00 Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church manse is built adjacent to the church. Designed in the Colonial Revival style, Henry Ford funded the construction in exchange for land owned by the church. Business Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Keller
1939/00/00 Courthouse Annex is built with funding from Ford. Called "the Courthouse" by local citizens, it was used for civic meetings, including by the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star. Later, it housed city and county governmental offices. 9930 Ford Ave Benefactor Richmond Hill Georgia
1940/00/00 Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, build a kindergarten for local children in Ways Station, Georgia and hire Dr Margaret Mustin as the first director. Richmond Hill Historical Society and Museum, 11460 Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill, GA 31324, (912) 756-2676 Benefactor Richmond Hill Georgia
1940/00/00 The Ford's have an oyster house built near the Ogeechee River for oyster roasts and elaborate barbeques. The Ford Plantation continues to regularly hosts traditional oyster roasts, featuring local oysters and a buffet of traditional southern fare. Life Richmond Hill Plantation Richmond Hill Oyster
1940/00/00 The congregation of the Canaan Baptist Church, primarily African-American, was organized in 1913 by Rev David Boles Sr. The present sanctuary was built with support from Henry Ford, 10872 Ford Ave. Benefactor Richmond Hill Georgia
1940/00/00 Henry Ford restores Strathy Hall c 1940. Owner Strathy Hall Richmond Hill
1940/00/00 The Martha-Mary Chapel is built by Henry Ford at Richmond Hill Plantation from trees felled in the Hurricane of 1938, shipped north and erected by the Wayside Inn. Owner Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
1940/03/00 Near 75 Crosswinds Dr, Richmond Hill, in 1939, Henry Ford funds a school to serve African-American children of lower Bryan County with Prof Herman Cooper as Principal. Dr George Washington Carver attended the dedication ceremonies in March, 1940. Benefactor Richmond Hill Georgia
1944/00/00 Henry and Clara Ford place the central 125-acre parcel of the Wayside Inn into a non-profit trust to preserve the Inn's historic legacy. Henry Ford was the last private owner of the Inn. Benefactor Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury
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