Sunday, June 5, 2011

Old Sturbridge Village.

My family and I spent the weekend in Sturbridge, MA visiting Old Sturbridge Village. Luckily the main part of the village was missed by the recent tornadoes in the area. The town of Sturbridge was not so lucky. There were some areas that were devastated.
On Saturday at Old Sturbridge Village they had an antique car rally. A majority of the cars were A model Fords. In fact there was almost every configuration of A model Ford ever made. Also a few nice Cadillacs including two from the teens. The highlight of the display were five steam powered cars. Four of them were Stanleys and one of unknown make. One of the Stanleys appeared to be a very early model made of wood and had tiller style steering. Another one of the Stanleys was later and had a more tradition steel frame and sedan style body. At the end of the day all the cars paraded around the village grounds before exiting. I had never seen a steam powered car run before much less five of them. That was worth the trip alone. The engines run in near silence. This allows you to hear the creaks and groans of the old suspension and framework going over the unpaved ground.

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