Day 5 – Glamourous “Meadow Brook Hall“
Yes, its another birthday – the years fly by way too quickly…..
As one of my friends wrote, “I am away traveling once again on my birthday” but this time not for the entire day as this “Yellow Brick Road Mystery Tour” finishes up early this evening so I’ll once again be back home for a few days.
We departed the Ft. Wayne hotel at 8am and as soon as we hit the road a passenger called out for me to quickly get to the back of the coach. When I rushed out of my seat and scattered down the aisle all of my wonderful passengers started singing “Happy Birthday”….. Considering my new age this sudden excitement may have caused a heart attack but I very much appreciated their kind gesture.
Our farewell Luncheon was at a very posh location, “Meadow Brook Hall” in Pontiac, MI. We couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful place to spend part of our day. The Sliced Sirloin of Beef with Rosemary Demi-Glacé, Wild Rice and Seasonable Vegetables was well presented and delicious. The apple pie dessert was a wholesome American selection but didn’t quite match up to my Mom’s. The setting was perfect – we dined in the massive dining room. We had this spectacular mansion to ourselves. Thanks to my passenger, John for his gracious speech after our meal concluded.
We then toured through the 88,000 foot home. A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook Hall is the former home of one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson. The 110 room mansion is elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, ornate ceilings, Tiffany stained glass, a pipe organ and custom made hardware. The house is equipped with every modern amenity that was available in the late 1920’s. Its fully electric with a central heating system, two elevators, three kitchens and a full-size home theatre.
In 1957, the Wilsons donated their residence, its collections, the estate’s 1500 acres and $2 Million to what would become Oakland University. Meadow Brook Hall was opened to the public in 1971, four years after Matilda’s passing.
After a quick stop at Duty Free we crossed back into Canada.
Thanks to Paul for his professional coach driving.
A special thank you to my amazing passengers. Thanks for “Travelling With Bradley”. Many of them told me, they don’t think it’ll be possible for me to create a better “Yellow Brick Road Mystery Tour” than this one, so now I am certainly up to the challenge.