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Press Release

Special Founders Festival Activities at Warner Mansion July 17 - 18

Release date: 6/24/2015

Media Release
For immediate release

Contact: Maria Taylor, Publicity Coordinator
Phone: (248) 996-5871

It’s not called the “Home of Farmington History” for nothing!

At the heart of the Farmington Founders Festival is a celebration of community heritage. Revisiting our roots. Honoring our history. This year, take a stroll down Grand River to the place where Farmington’s past comes alive: the Governor Warner Mansion museum, “Home of Farmington History.”

Built in 1867, the tall, stately Warner Mansion was once home to Fred M. Warner, the only Farmingtonian to become governor of Michigan. And since the governor’s mansion in Lansing had yet to be built, Fred’s Farmington home served as the state executive mansion during his three terms of office (1905-1911). Today, the Warner Mansion lives on as a museum of local history. Whether you’re a history fan or just looking for some good old-fashioned family fun, the Warner Mansion has something for you this Founders Festival weekend.

Friday, July 17 is Kids’ Day at the Mansion (1-5pm), a mini farm festival complete with a petting zoo and pony rides ($7 per child). Police cars and fire trucks will be onsite for children to climb in and explore, and face painting and balloon animals will be available, courtesy of clown “HER.” Live country music by Brett Lee will give the whole event that down-home feel.

Watch for the Warnerettes Parasol Drill Team in the Founder’s Festival parade on Saturday morning, with their twirling black umbrellas and snappy routines. (Wave to Fred, too: he’ll be riding in the vintage Model T.) After the parade, stop by the Mansion to browse a wide selection of previously-loved antiques and collectibles at the huge flea market (10am-5pm), and pick up a Farmington souvenir at the Warner General Store. While you’re here, take a few minutes to relax at the tea salon on the porch (11am-5pm; small fee, complete with tasty treats and live music floating over the lawn from the gazebo.

The air-conditioned Mansion will be open for guided tours both days: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12. Costumed docents will be waiting to show you the life and times of Fred Warner and what it was like to live 100 years ago in what was then Farmington’s finest residence. No electricity? No indoor bathrooms? No problem. Because regardless of the era, there’s still no place like home.

The Governor Warner Mansion is located at 33805 Grand River Avenue, two blocks west of Farmington Road. For more information, find us on Facebook or call the Farmington City Clerk’s Office at 248-474-5500, ext. 2225.

Composed by Maria Taylor, Governor Warner Mansion Press Corps

Founders Festival at the Mansion - Flea Market

 If you would like to rent some space at the Founders Festival Flea Market, please fill out the Flea Market Application Form.  Items for the Flea Market can be dropped off at the Mansion every Wednesday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.



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