Nutter Marvel remembrance, museum tours accompany County Seat Cruisers show

GEORGETOWN – The Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum was the staging ground Saturday for a sunbaked show of assorted vehicles – and a special remembrance of the man whose foresight made the Georgetown museum such a historical attraction.

One week later than originally scheduled, a memorial was held July 28 during the 2nd Annual Car, Truck, Bike and Emergency Vehicle Show in remembrance of the late Nutter Marvel, who passed 30 years ago on July 22, 1988. He was 86.

Mr. Marvel’s 60-acre South Bedford Street property, now owned and managed by the Georgetown Historical Society, is home to numerous historical artifacts, including dozens of horse-drawn carriages, former railroad depots/freight stations, two barns, a church, a one-room school and the Delaware Telephone Museum.


“That is why we are doing this memorial, in memory of him. And aren’t we glad that he had the foresight to bring all of this wonderful stuff here?” said Georgetown Historical Society member Rosalie Walls, who operates the museum’s gift shop.

Buildings on the museum grounds were open for tours guided by volunteer docents.

The County Seat Cruisers car club hosted the vehicle show.

There was a Woody and a Willys: Dagsboro resident John Ashman’s 1951 Ford Country Squire Woody and Seaford resident John Kisser’s 1943 Ford GPW (Government Passenger Willys) Jeep.

Larry Merrick of Bridgeville was there with his spiffy 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, complete with a car-hop window tray from “Happy Days” 1950s era.

And Georgetown resident Bobby Fletcher rode in on his 1948 8N tractor. “I drove it all the way here,” he said.

The 70-year-old tractor still sees action, he said, mostly as a bush-hog and plowing snow. “It can be 30 degrees and she’ll fire right up,” Mr. Fletcher said.

The County Seat Cruisers formed about two years ago, in August 2016. Seeds were planted by Levin Clark and Georgetown Mayor Bill West.

“They wanted to bring more things to Georgetown,” said County Seat Cruisers President Bruce Leppo, who suggested combining a car show with a tribute to Nutter Marvel.

Membership is approaching 70. Like many car clubs, County Seat Cruisers shifts into charitable gear as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit.

“Our first full year we donated over $3,000 to different charities,” said CSC co-founder Mabel Kelly. “We had a recent fundraiser for a girl with cancer and we raised over $2,800. We’ve been working with CHEER, trying to help raise money to help feed the elderly. We also work with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to do a show. We try to support different organizations that need help.”

Attendance this year may have taken a hit by the July 21 postponement due to a stormy forecast.

“I know the rain killed us from last weekend,” said Mayor West. “But it’s good to walk about and see smiling faces and have events in Georgetown. When you bring people to Georgetown it shows people we care. It shows people that we want to grow, and it shows people that we are open to suggestions on how to make things better in this town.”

“The car club has been a great partner. The mayor has been a great partner,” said Georgetown Historical Society President Jim Bowden. “Georgetown is getting to be a great community. We’re headed in the right direction and we’re moving forward.”

“We’ve got a lot of things we’re doing out here to the museum,” said Bowden added. “This next year is going to be very exciting for us. We can’t announce them yet; probably the first of the year.”

County Seat Cruisers

County Seat Cruisers, which holds meetings at the Marvel Museum’s Lynch Building, welcomes new members. Owning a car is not mandatory. “A bike, anything that has wheels, as long as they are willing help and cooperate,” said Ms. Kelly. “We will not tolerate any arguments. Any argument has to be settled at the next club meeting.”

For more info, visit the County Seat Cruisers Facebook Page or contact Mabel Kelly at 398-8999.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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