One of the exhibits at the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA is their Automotive Gallery. The Auto Museum is included in the admission cost. The Gallery is housed in a reproduction of the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village. The Gallery has two levels with each level containing several of the finest antique American automobiles. In total, nearly thirty unique and beautifully restored antiques are on display for viewers to enjoy.
As you walk around looking at the various automobiles, you can read about automotive history from its beginnings up through mid-1900s. Several types of automobiles are displayed, from racing cars to electric and steam powered cars.
As part of their Norman Rockwell exhibit, the Heritage Museums & Gardens added a special exhibit, “Going and Coming”, to the Gallery that represent some models of automobiles that can be seen in some of Rockwell’s paintings. These automobiles are not the exact ones he used for his paintings, but are the same make and model. Below are a couple “Woodys” that Rockwell used in his paintings.
They have an electric car that was built in 1915 and, according to the plaque, could get 65 to 70 miles to a charge. I find it interesting that after nearly 100 years of technology advancements, that today’s electric cars only get around 40 miles more per charge than one from 1915.
Below is a late 1930’s Ford Coupe, similar to one that can be seen in one of Rockwell’s paintings.
Have you ever heard of Auburn Automobile Company? Neither have I until I saw the one below, it is a 1930’s Speedster. Simply beautiful.
Below are pictures of a restored 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster that was once owned by Hollywood star Gary Cooper. I was told it was found stored in a barn and has been fully restored to how it was originally. The restoration was nearly flawless and the car is an outstanding example of the craftsmanship that went into making cars back in the 30s.
Below is a Stanley Steamer, a steam powered car built by Stanley Motor Carriage Company. The second picture illustrates the craftsmanship that was put into this car. Notice that a lot of brass and copper was used for various parts on the Stanley, including the steam release box, lights, horn, and brake handle.
The below 1930’s era Cadillac sure does not look anything like the Cadillac of today.
Below is an early 1930’s Ford that looks like it just came off the assembly line.
While you there, step back in time by sitting in a 1913 Ford Model T and imagine what it was like riding around the streets in this early American automobile.
As we were touring the Gallery, we were told that a future event in the planning stages is to bring in a renowned automobile restorer with one of his current projects and have him talk about restoring automobiles using his restoration project as a visual aid. The attendees will be seated around the automobile as the discussion is held.
The Gallery has a fine exhibit of early American cars, each one in glamorous condition. If you are a car enthusiast, I recommend visiting their automobile exhibit. While you are there, take a walk around the gardens, they is beautiful and you have 100 acres to walk around and enjoy.