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

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The Halls are Decked for the Holidays
Posted: November 23, 2008

Holiday Tours continue through January 4

Driving along Lake Shore Road in the illustrious town of Grosse Pointe Shores during the holidays, visitors become mesmerized by the twinkling Christmas lights and nativity scenes that transform the lakefront homes into grand displays of the Yuletide spirit. But while these decorations provide a fantastical look at Christmas of today, there is nothing that compares to the Christmas of the past that unfolds to visitors of the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The historic home, dressed in festive Christmas décor, begins its annual holiday tours November 28.
For 30 years, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House has taken visitors off of busy Lake Shore Rd. and immersed them into the past. Guests arriving through the majestic arch of the gated estate flanked with towering lighted trees immediately know they are embarking upon something special. 
It was Christmastime in 1929 that Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, and his wife Eleanor moved their four young children into their new home in Grosse Pointe Shores and began raising their family and creating many years of memories and traditions. Now, nearly 80 years later as an historic home, thousands of people visit Edsel & Eleanor Ford House every year as part of their own family traditions.
 The mainstay of the season at Ford House is the delightful holiday tour. From the flocked modern tree adorned with original pink and purple teardrop shaped glass ornaments made especially for a party hosted by Eleanor Ford, to the15-foot Christmas tree in the grand Gallery space where many holiday galas where held, each room is decorated in the season’s best and tells a unique story about how the Ford family shared holiday traditions. Outdoors, the Fords’ daughter Josephine’s Play House is decorated in true gingerbread house fashion with icicle lights and huge candy canes lining the path.
Ford House Holiday Tours begin Friday, Nov. 28, and run through Sunday, Jan. 4. Tours are available 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for children 6-12 years old; children 5 years old and under are free. The house is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Gingerbread House Contest and Display
Cookie shingles, gumdrop windows, candy cane-lined sidewalks, snow of glistening icing….The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Activities Center will be transformed into a Gingerbread House wonderland with the introduction of “Homes for the Holidays,” a new gingerbread house contest and display set for this holiday season. Local children, families, groups and adults have designed and submitted their best confectionery cottages, which will be on display at the Ford House Activities Center through January 4, 2009.
One-Stop Shopping
Hoping to take a tour but need to get some shopping finished? The Ford House Gallery Shop is filled with an assortment of Christmas ornaments and decorations as well as an expanded offering of unique gift items and glassware. Before or after exploring the house and grounds, visitors can stop for lunch or dessert in the Tea Room, which is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. There’s also an opportunity to fit in some holiday shopping in the Gallery Shop, which is aqutramonts . The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday during tour hours. Admission tickets are not required to visit the Tea Room and Gallery Shop.

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