Welcome back to Fair Lane!
Our gardens and grounds are now open to visitors from 8am-6pm, 7 days a week.
The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. To ensure that safety, please read the following policies we have put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Please observe safe social distancing and wear masks or face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe distance. We recommend you have a mask available at all times.
- Please maintain a distance of at least six feet from all Fair Lane staff.
- Please follow directional signs indicating one-way paths. We have walking maps available at the information Kiosk in the parking lot and at the Potting Shed., or you can click here. This is in place to ensure visitors and staff can maintain safe social distancing while enjoying the grounds.
- At this time, we do not have restrooms available. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As always, we thank you for continuing to follow our standard policies:
- Smoking and alcohol are prohibited on Fair Lane grounds.
- No dogs or other pets are permitted on Fair Lane grounds.
- Bikes may be ridden along Fair Lane Drive, but are prohibited in the Fair Lane gardens and grounds. A bike rack is available in the parking lot for your convenience.
- Events and large gatherings require prior permission. Please contact Annie Rubel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Event and formal photography require a permit. A use fee applies. Please contact Patti Timmins at email@example.com or visit our Photography Policy page for more information.
- Balloons and drones are prohibited.
- Please use trash cans for all waste. Please do not leave any trash or food waste on the ground or in picnic area.
- All buildings are currently closed for restoration.
Picnicking at Fair Lane:
- Please use our designated picnic area near the Garage and Powerhouse.
- Please do not move picnic tables from their current locations.
- Balloons and other decorations are prohibited.
- Smoking and alcohol are prohibited in all areas of the site, including the picnic area.
- No cooking or grilling of any kind is permitted.
- Any gatherings of more than six people require prior approval. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Event photography must have a permit. A use fee applies. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Please remove all waste including food from the picnic area. Trash cans are available in the picnic area and parking lot.
- No restrooms are available at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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 Patti Timmins at (313) 668-3193 or firstname.lastname@example.org and refer to our Photography Use Guidelines.
Due to the ongoing restoration, Fair Lane is currently CLOSED for rentals.
“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.
Fair Lane, Home of Clara & Henry Ford, 1 Fair Lane Drive, 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 Karen Marzonie, Director of Landscapes, at 313-668-3193.