Greenmead Historical Park

Greenmead Historical Park is a nearly 200-year-old, 95-acre historical park purchased by the City of Livonia in 1976 and operated by the City of Livonia’s Parks and Recreation Department. The park includes the historical Greenmead Farm and its outbuildings, a 13-building historical village, Greenmead Community Garden, Virginia B. Matley Nature Trail, and soccer fields. Special events are hosted on the grounds of the historical village, including weddings.

The Greenmead Historical Park Master Plan was approved by City Council at the Jan. 18, 2023, Regular Meeting. 

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Special Events

Coffee CultureCoffee Culture Feb 2024

If you are a coffee lover, check out Coffee Culture 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Alexander Blue House. This event is best for participants ages 16 and older. Sit back and sip on some coffee while you explore the history of local coffee and the differences between the blends and brews! This event is presented by Gooseneck Coffee Company and advance registration is required for $25/resident, $27/non-resident. Register here.



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Leap on over to Greenmead Historical Park's Alexander Blue House 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, for a fun afternoon of reptile and amphibian-themed stories, snacks, and crafts on a day off from school! The Huron-Clinton Metroparks will bring us some live creatures to interact with, including frogs, toads, turtles, and a snake! This program is best for ages 4-10, but all children in attendance must register in advance for $10/child resident, $12/non-resident.

St. Pattys Party SSC Flyer JPGST. PATTY'S PARTY

Join us for a fun afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day-themed stories, snacks, and crafts on a half-day of school 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Alexander Blue House.  This program is best for ages 4-10, but all children in attendance must register in advance $10/child resident, $12/child non-resident.  

Eureka! A Michigan Science Center PresentationEureka! Flyer Saturday, March 9

Imagine where we would be without inventions such as the light bulb, microwave oven, or even our favorite toys. Join us 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, as we explore the unexpected and amazing tales of how these everyday modern marvels came to exist and celebrate the scientists and inventors who made them possible! The fields of science and history intersect in this exciting program presented by the Michigan Science Center's Traveling Science Outreach program. Some expected highlights include a Tesla Coil demonstration, microwave experiments, and exploring super absorbent polymers! Advance registration is required for $20/resident, $22/non-resident and all in attendance must register. 

St. Patrick's Tea

St. Patricks Tea Flyer 2024Dress to impress in your shamrock attire and join us 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Alexander Blue House for an Irish-themed tea! We will enjoy an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones, a delightful dessert, and bottomless tea. Irish-themed entertainment and good company are sure to delight all in attendance. Advance registration is required for $35/resident and $40/non-resident. 

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The Livonia Historical Society invites you to attend their speaker presentations and meetings in January, March, and May. Speaker sessions are free to attend at the Alexander Blue House but are funded by yearly memberships. For more information, visit LivoniaHistoricalSocietyMI.com.

Monday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
THE MACKINAC BRIDGE: CONNECTING TWO PENINSULAS AND ONE PEOPLE
Presented by Jim Cameron

Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m.
PATRICK GASS TRAVELS WEST WITH LEWIS AND CLARK

Presented by Randy Baker

Lecture Series

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Greenmead Historical Park’s History Lecture Series takes place at the Alexander Blue House and is free to attend. No registration is required.


Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m.
DESEGREGATING BOBLO BOATS:  THE STORY OF SARAH E. RAY

Presented by Aaron Schillinger 
Many Detroiters fondly remember Boblo Island, yet few remember that the amusement park and its ferries were once segregated. Hear the story of Sarah Elizabeth Ray, who filed a criminal complaint that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education   

Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. 
FAMOUS FIRSTS: THE HISTORY OF THE PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS 

Presented by Roger Luksik
The Packard Proving Grounds are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for a reason – world records were accomplished there. Vintage and current images will be used to share the history of the proving grounds from opening day in June 1928 until its closing in 1956.  

Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m.
PROHIBITION’S PROVING GROUND

Presented by Joseph Boggs
In the 1910s, many Toledo-Detroit-Windsor corridor residents were on wheels for the first time, just as a wave of prohibitionist sentiment swept the area. Dry laws soon took effect, and rumrunners fully utilized the area’s robust automobile culture to exploit weaknesses in prohibition legislation and enforcement.