Step Back in Time Exploring Henry Ford’s Exquisite Michigan Summer Home
A little piece of Michigan history that automotive legend Henry Ford owned at one time is in Clinton, Michigan. Far from some of his other more stately homes, this quaint farm looks into the simpler life the Ford family once enjoyed during the summer months in Michigan.
It's crazy to think that Ford himself spent time using the farmland to conduct experiments on soybeans and other projects. The 3400 square foot home sits on just over 6 acres that house not only the farmhouse but 5 outbuildings including a huge woodworking shop. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms along with a 962 unfinished sq. ft. space above the garage.
The home is a true piece of history. Originally built in the 1840s by John and Hannah Pennington, it was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on September 17, 1974, and later added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1974. The couple lived in the home until John died in 1883 and Hannah's not long after. Their son then lived in the home until his passing in 1929, and it was then that Henry Ford purchased the property.
Ford did some renovations on the home, which he later sold. As described in the recent listing,
"The house is a symmetric two-story Greek Revival farmhouse with single-story wings extending to each side of the main section on a fieldstone foundation."
It is easy to see in the photos that much of the home's original style and integrity has been preserved, keeping the historic charm intact.
Known as the John Pennington- Henry Ford House, the home surprisingly sold at the beginning of 2023 for under $1 million. The new owners picked up a virtual time capsule for just $600,000.
Take a look inside below.
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