From Hooves to Hubcaps: Antique Car and Carriage Rallies at Old Sturbridge Village June 7-8

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nearly 100 vintage autos arrive June 7
Horse-drawn carriages on display June 8
Free second-day admission

(STURBRIDGE, Mass.) – May 22, 2014:  Vintage vehicles spanning more than 100 years of transportation history will roll into Old Sturbridge Village the weekend of June 7-8 as the museum celebrates its annual Antique Car Rally on Saturday, followed by the annual Antique Horse-Drawn Carriage Rally on Sunday. More than 100 antique cars and carriages will be on display during the weekend, and because OSV offers free second day admission, visitors who pay to attend the Antique Car Rally may attend the Antique Carriage Rally for free.  Each rally is set for 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and the highlight of both events is the grand procession of antique vehicles through the Village. For information: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830.

Vintage autos on display on Saturday, June 7 will include a 1910 Stanley “Steamer”; 1912 Oakland; 1912 Buick; 1914 Reo; 1922 Hupmobile; 1926 Dodge Brothers; 1927 and 1931 Chryslers; 1936 Brewster; 1938 Buick; 1940 Chevrolet; 1941 Cadillac; and scores of antique Fords from 1913 through the 1930s, including a 1939 Ford “Woody” Deluxe Station Wagon.

The Antique Carriage Rally offers a double treat for visitors – beautiful horses pulling beautiful carriages. Participating horses this year include an Arabian; Icelandic pony; Haflinger; Fell Pony; and a variety of miniature horses. Carriages include an 1800s Black Fancy Sunday Doctor’s carriage; Amish pleasure and working carts; Concord buggy; Belmont Trap; and Meadowbrook carriages.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country.  The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.  OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under, free. For information: www.osv.org or call 800-733-1830.

          

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Classic Cars Evoke America’s Post-World War II Drive-Through Culture

Today people are often surprised to learn that when Old Sturbridge Village first opened in 1946, it wasn’t just a walking Village – it was a driving Village. Visitors could actually drive their cars into the Village and tour by auto, motoring past the Blacksmith Shop and around the Common to view its historic stores, shops, homes and churches.

What seems odd now was perfectly normal in post-World War II America.  During the war, gasoline was rationed, and automobile production ceased as factories turned out Jeeps, planes, and tanks.  After these wartime deprivations, there was pent-up demand for all kinds of consumer goods – especially cars. The country embraced the drive-through culture, and Americans loved their new automobiles.

Auto-touring at Old Sturbridge Village was short-lived, however, due to rising attendance at the Village, and ceased in 1949. But OSV visitors still love antique and classic cars, and the Village salutes its early heritage by hosting its annual Antique Car Rally for autos from 1946 and earlier.
 

Contact:
Laura Chilson lchilson@osv.org; 508-347-0294
Ann Lindblad annlindblad@comcast.net; 508-886-2689

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