I started a new thread because the other was getting rather lengthy and this is kinda sorta a new subject.
I'm attaching the website address for Crossroads Village and some pics I took during the filming of "Alleged" (about the Scopes Monkey Trial.)
Browse around the website and take a look at the pics. They'll give you an idea of what the place looks like and how close it can come to Greenfield Village.
I was there for a Band Organ Rally. Cool place, near Flint MI.
Marty are you thinking of this as a a Model T rendezvous event location??
Marty, Very nice pictures. It looks like a really nice place for an OCF. One question, do you think it's large enough for an OCF type of event?
Marty, I like it! Only concern would be for the mud if it's a rainy event, even a day or two prior to said happening. Looks almost nicer than G.V. to me! Only about an extra hour's drive for me, so not bad of an alternative. Just don't drink the water!!
Is trailer & tow vehicle parking an issue there as well? From the looks of the map it may be?
Tim, That thar mud adds to the authenticity of the place.... Ambiance, you know.
Specially for all them purrdy white tires!
When I was there for the filming (over about three months) there seemed to be plenty of on the grounds (but sort of out-of-site) parking for trailers, on-site room for static parking, there could probably be some free-driving, somewhere to do a Pass- in-Review and, maybe a Gaslight Parade.
We would have to talk to management at Crossroads, but, my guess is, they would love it and maybe help publicize it for their gate. Maybe we would tell them that we would organize it and take the burden.
When the OCF first started in 1950, for the first few years -- I don't know how many -- it was run on a rotating basis by the local chapters of the VMCCA and the AACA. We had free coffee and doughnuts in the morning and a closing banquet. The Village was pretty much just the venue.
Tom, no. Not a strictly Model T event. No matter where we do it, it should be an OCF (and MM) type event.
Ya know, the more I think about it, the more I like Crossroads Village because it is so much like Greenfield Village.
PS: If anyone is interested, I'm in the guy in the light suit on the right in the last picture.
Looks good to me!
Not to change the subject, but i've never heard of this movie. Is it worth checking out?
Keith...I can't argue with that thought!
Dennis..actually, them purrrdy white tires will blend right in! Just about the same color. Oh, that's right, now I've got 4 new white tires guaranteed to stay white!! Ba ha ha ha. Oh sure.
As an aside to that, I think I'll spray the inside of the tires with lacquer, maybe that'll stop the so-called inner-tube osmosis! Then I'll dress the outsides, who knows, maybe they'll stay white. Just won't know for which reason.
If you're going to coat the inside of the tires make sure you use a product that won't cause the tires to deter...deter...detar...fall apart!
Well, that village was a project that was built for the bicentennial in 1976 and my father and I did the site prep for the Durant barn. We also did the final grade for a fair amount of the rail road bed from the village to the county fairgrounds a few miles east of there.
The cider mill in the village used to be located in Atlas, a few miles south of here and I used to explore its abandoned interior while the family fished the spillway back in the 1960's when it was teeming with wild honeybees in the upper floor.
The Crossroads Depot is from Davison, a few miles east of there and in the 1960's it too was an abandoned haven for mischievous boys to explore while your dad negotiated prices at the elevator that used to be next to it.
As far as the village holding a major event, there are no decent accommodations nearby to stay at and it is not really that big of a place. It could host MAYBE 200 cars comfortably.
There are some primitive campgrounds nearby but be sure to bring you and your vehicles own water- the village is located on the banks of (C.S.)Mott lake, fed by the acidic Flint river, the very stuff they piped into everyone's homes in Flint and melted their lead pipes.
I would suggest two things....1st the Gilmore Museum and 2nd Mackinaw City. Either would be perfect for touring and history. Either would offer accommodations such as camping, hotels and eateries. Mackinaw City would be fun because of the ferry service to Mackinaw Island and a tour of the Tunnel of Trees, Cross Village, Harbor Springs, casinos etc... The Crossroads Village looks to be too small and "NO Vehicle" signs tell me it would be a parking lot for the most part. Just my worthless two cents here.