Classic Car Excursion and Historical Museums Tour
Time: 10 am Model T Museum
Cost: Attendees pay admission to two museums. Individual lunch bill.
Registration: Appreciated Required so group can be accommodated at each stop.
Your very energetic and knowledgeable Assistant Director, Dan Bohart has put together a wonderful day of driving and exploring three very unique venues in Richmond, IN. Let’s begin.
Our first stop is at the Model T Museum, 309 N. 8th St., Richmond, IN 47374 (765 488 0026) The Museum is packed to the rafters with a huge variety of everything that moves – Model T’s – one of the first and one of the last to be built – a 1931 Pietenpol airplane equipped with a Model T engine – a full size vintage garage – a Model T showroom – an operational period correct machine shop – a Brass Town Car, a 1925 Fire Engine and an extensive Agriculture display. There will be a $5 admission charge per adult.
You deserve some time to sit down and relax with friends so we’re gathering for lunch at The Old Richmond Inn – the Inn is old, the food is fresh @ 138 South 5th St., Richmond, IN 47374 (765-962- 2247) You will find something to like on their extensive menu as you absorb all the architectural surroundings that time travel you back to when your Classic was new.
The restaurant is in the Grothans House which was built in 1892 – that’s where the “old” comes from. The chandelier in the North Dining Room originates from the home of Micajah Henley the inventor of the roller skate, patented in 1881. If you still have yours, bring them along. We will be asking for separate checks for our individually selected lunch items.
Let’s put our walking shoes back on and head on over to the Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 North A St., Richmond, IN 47374 (765-962-5756) You will be visiting a museum that was started in 1930 with the gift of an extensive and worldly private collection including a donation of the Friends Meeting House which is the current main building for the Museum.
There are seven other buildings including the county’s oldest log school house (1812) and a typical two story log home (1823) You will encounter the first Davis airplane manufactured in Richmond in 1929, a Conestoga wagon, steam powered tractors, a 1922 Pilot Speedster, one of nine auto manufacturers in the immediate area. If you’re starting to think most of this is modern history then let’s throw in a 3,000 year old mummy surrounded by a large number of objects that were placed in the tomb to provide for a happy afterlife. Peace and solitude were probably guaranteed given the complete absence of any cell phones or laptops. Tickets are $7 per adult or $5 for Seniors and Veterans.
Please join us. You may register online at INRCCCA.org. We need to tell all three organizations how many to expect. If you have any questions please call Don Shuck at 317 374 8772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to caravan from the Westside of Indianapolis, we will be sending that information as we get closer to the event. You could also just let Don know.