MADISON – Historic automobiles will be showcased from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, on Green Village Road as the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts presents “Carriage to Car Day” at the museum at 9 Main St. at Green Village Road in downtown Madison.
The “rain date” will be Sunday, July 15.
The outdoor event will offer an up-close experience with both carriages and early automobiles, and is part of the museum’s programming in connection with its current major exhibit, “Are We There Yet? Stories of Travel by Stagecoach and Steam.”
The exhibit tells the story of early travel in New Jersey, before the invention of the automobile, and compares that era to the high-speed travel of the 21st century.
“Carriage to Car Day” is designed to appeal to families, car enthusiasts and history buffs, and will showcase a historic Stanley Steamer automobile from 1899, two early 1900s cars, and a 19th century carriage — minus the horses.
Green Village Road in front of the museum will be closed from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, “to offer visitors an opportunity to view these extraordinary vehicles that harken back to a time when routine travel from place to place was a major event,” said museum Director Deborah Farrar Starker.
“In the late 1800s traveling from Newark to Philadelphia by horse-drawn carriage was long, dusty, uncomfortable and monotonous,” Starker observed. “Then along came the automobile and changed everything forever.”
The July 14 event will feature food, games and other activities for all ages, and the museum will be open for guided tours. “Partial sponsorship for the event was graciously provided by Madison Jaguar,” noted Starker, adding, “Many thanks to Sarah Stanley and Donald Davidson and the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm for providing the vehicles and knowledge to make this event possible.”