Parks, Gardens, and Cemeteries
Applewood Estate Gardens
Visit the apple orchards, rose and perennial gardens of Flint's "hidden piece of paradise"
Once the testing grounds for R. E. Olds' Curved Dash vehicle, this island park is the perfect place for a picnic.
Take a ride down the Conner Creek Greenway and memory lane to find why Detroit was, and still is, the automotive capital of the world.
Savor the serenity of the Oriental Garden, the casual beauty of the bog gardens, the symmetry of the sunken garden and the scent of herbaceous borders�
Eastside Historic Cemetery District
Walk through the Medieval-style gatehouses and early Gothic Chapel in Detroit's three oldest cemeteries
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Let the carefully crafted landscape architecture engage all five of your senses- the sight of the many colors and shapes, the sound of water running, the smell of flowers in bloom, the taste of berries and the feeling of being surrounded by nature�
Edsel & Eleanor Ford's Haven Hill Estate
2008 Highland Barn Tour & HVCA Equine Divine Art Exhibit
Ella Sharp Park
One of the first parks in Jackson dedicated to the auto driving tour
Ford Family Cemetery
The final resting place of Henry and Clara Ford.
Take a drive through the rolling landscape and winding roadways of this 19th century cemetery. You'll begin to understand why so many of this period's authors found cemeteries irresistibly romantic�
Hidden Lake Gardens
Enjoy a soothing drive as you discover the secret gems of this beautiful garden�
Mt. Hope Cemetery
Climb the marble steps to the grand R. E. Olds tomb�
Sharon Mills County Park
Canoe down the lazy river and enjoy a picnic lunch at this 1835 mill...
Breathtaking stained glass windows, grand statues and intricate architecture complement the peaceful park that is home to both the Dodge and Ford families�
Pay respects to the row of graves bearing the epitaph "His Life for a Union"-the final resting place for four of the 1932 Ford Hunger Marchers...
1950's Designing Women of Packard By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
One of the most rewarding things about being an Automotive Historian is that you can always find historical research from the past that somehow today becomes a new, relevant, yet exciting story to share in the present. As a historian, I had some knowledge of Mrs. Dorothy Draper and how she helped create new ideas and fashion trends for the 1952 Packard automobiles. However, I had no idea who Mary Ellen Green was. Hopefully, this story can take us back to a place in our automotive heritage where we can remember two very talented women who were able to express their ideas and creativity on paper and impact Packard's automotive styling.