Greenmead Historical Park

GREENMEAD Finishes Second in KNOPE AWARD Voting

Greenmead Historical Park outlasted 58 different parks and finished as runner-up for the national Knope Award! This award recognizes the Best Historical and Cultural Places in Local Government through Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). Thanks to all who voted as part of our #VoteGreenmead campaign over the past month! We were the only Michigan location to advance from a pool of 60 parks into the 32-park playoff bracket and daily Internet votes led us to the championship finale against Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.

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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.

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Greenmead 365 is a public master planning effort to develop a 20-year plan that will lay out the future of Greenmead Historical Park. This unique and important treasure trove of history needs to be able to better serve the residents of Livonia and Metropolitan Detroit. To do so, we need you to tell us what you’d want at Greenmead. Greenmead 365 is a public engagement effort to do just that.

What would you like to see at Greenmead 365 days a year? What would make you and your family want to come to Greenmead Historical Park daily, weekly, monthly, annually? To be able to make Greenmead more interesting and engaging for you, we need to know what you want from it. Visit to get involved and let us know what you'd like Greenmead's future to look like.

Alexander Blue House

Special events

Fall History Lecture Series and 

Silent Cinema of the Mitten State Series

Mark your calendars for a great fall history lecture series at Greenmead Historical Park. Learn about Diego Rivera's local murals that have been declared a National Historic Landmark 2 p.m. Sept. 19, get a head history on Michigan beer 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and learn how Michigan's auto industry in World War I became a dress rehearsal for the arsenal of Democracy 2 p.m. Nov. 15.

Greenmead will also be hosting a Silent Cinema of the Mitten State series as we look at silent film and early American cartooning before viewing "Eleven PM" 7 p.m. Oct. 6, actresses and female screenwriters who broke onto the scene in the 1910s and '20s before viewing "Ella Cinders" 7 p.m. Nov. 3, and a Michigan-native animator of Walt Disney and two holiday shorts from a Port Huron film innovator 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

No registration necessary for the history lecture dates, but register in advance for the film series 30 days before the event date.

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GATSBY GARDEN PARTY2022-7-16 Gatsby Garden Party Opens in new window

Get ready for a bee’s knees day of 1920s fun! Greenmead’s beautiful historic Simmons-Hill House and gardens will serve as our Gatsby Garden Party site from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Play 1920s lawn games, dance to Jazz music, take your picture at the paper moon and immerse yourself in times gone by. Historic apparel is encouraged! You can bring your own food, or purchase from our vendor's food truck. Register today for $18/resident, $22/non-resident.

Rescheduled from July 16 to Oct. 8.

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Trick or treat at the Greenmead Historical Park village houses during this family-friendly self-guided event. Costumes and flashlights are encouraged. Refreshments will be available at the end of the tour. Check-in times every 15 minutes from 5-7:30 p.m. both Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22.

Advanced registration required for $8 per Livonia resident child ages 2-16.


Join us at Fun for Fall 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Greenmead Historical Park; a fun afternoon full of fall-themed stories, snacks and crafts in the Alexander Blue House. For ages 4-10, but parents/guardians are requested to stay with their child(ren) during the event.

Register here starting Oct. 4.

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Spend a relaxing, fall afternoon with friends at the Highland Tea from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The sound of bagpipes will beckon you to the Alexander Blue House, adorned with a Scottish accent. Traditional Scottish music and dance will entertain you as you enjoy our menu of fare and bottomless tea.

Register here starting Oct. 4.