The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

School & Youth Programs

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is an excellent educational resource to help complement classroom learning, youth and Scout programs. Tours for up to 105 students are offered at a reduced rate and are available year-round. To schedule your group, contact Mary Fishwick in the education department or call (313) 884-4222, ext. 152.

Our Programs

The following tours and programs are offered for schools, scouts, or other youth groups. 

From then Until Now

Students become historians on this interactive tour through time as we learn more about the history of Gaukler Point on Lake St. Clair. Through the use of historical documents and artifacts, the past comes to life as students investigate how different groups of people used the property from the time when Native Americans inhabited the area to French Ribbon Farming, to the Ford House construction and today. Students work cooperatively in a culminating activity to produce a timeline of Gaukler Point History as it relates to other major events in US History. Recommended for Grades 3-8.
Download a program summary and field trip details for teachers here.

Michigan History Tour

Students explore the Ford House through a docent-led tour of the home. The tour engages students by having each student “become” one of the family members or the trusted staff. This program includes a guided tour of the grounds. Students will have the opportunity to become a designer, like Edsel Ford, Albert Kahn or Jens Jensen, as a culminating activity. Recommended for Grades 3-8.
Download a program summary and field trip details for teachers here.

Detecting Details: Discovering Architecture at Ford House

In1926 Edsel Ford commissioned Albert Kahn, Detroit's most prominent architect, to create their home, Kahn mimicked the centuries-old dwellings of the Cotswold region of England for the Ford Estate at Gaukler Point, creating a family home that was large but welcoming. Students will explore the form and function of his design, while learning about English architectural styles, the picturesque Cotswold region and how Edsel and Eleanor's vision helped Kahn merge modern with traditional architecture. Recommended for Grades 6-12.
Download a program summary and field trip details for teachers here.

Self-Guided Exploration: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House iPad Tour

Explore the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House grounds in a new and engaging way!
The iPad tour is a self-guided, interpretive experience that allows students to navigate the historic landscape through the perspective of the Ford Family and access primary documents through rare historic images, home movies and personal letters. Recommended for Grades 3-12.
Download a program summary and field trip details for teachers here.

Lake Study: Water Quality Assessment

The Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Conservation of the landscape and good environmental stewardship are integral to preservation of the estate. Students will have the opportunity to take water samples from Lake St. Clair and use a variety of methods to determine water quality. Chemical kits, electronic meters, and aquatic life will be used to determine the water quality of Lake St. Clair. Recommended for Grades 6-12
Download a program summary and field trip details for teachers here.

Schedule Your Visit

A minimum of one adult chaperon is recommended for every 15 students.

ADMISSION FEES:

Youth and Student Groups (elementary through high school)

$5.00

Chaperones

$8.00

Teachers

Free


Lunch

When visiting during the school day, students may bring their lunch to enjoy in the picnic area or inside the Visitor Center classroom, depending on the weather.

For more information or to make reservations for a student, youth or scout group, contact Mary Fishwick in the education department or call (313) 884-4222, ext. 152.