Stamp of approval: Marvel Museum offers classic double treat

GEORGETOWN – Georgetown Historical Society’s Marvel Carriage Museum has a double treat planned for the last First Saturday Stamp Tour event of 2017.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, the museum grounds on South Bedford Street will play host to the 3rd Annual Antique Fire Truck Show – and new for this year a classic car, truck and motorcycle show.

“This will be something for anybody that likes ‘classic’ anything. It’s more of a double combo,” said Georgetown Historical Society president Jim Bowden. “It looks like we’re going to have a great deal.”

Millville’s 1945 AutoCar and 1955 Cadillac ambulance at the 2016 antique fire truck show.

As in previous years, invitations have been extended to fire companies and departments in Sussex County. About a dozen fire apparatus antiques were on hand for last year’s show, including Millville’s historic ambulance, Georgetown’s ladder apparatus and Rehoboth’s aerial ladder.

Several companies have already confirmed their show commitment. Mr. Bowden anticipates there will be more as the event date nears.

“They are always last minute. Usually, the senior guys are the ones that take care of the antiques. They kind of work at their own pace,” Mr. Bowden said. “Usually, the last week is when they start filtering in. They don’t like to bring them out dirty. They like to clean them up.”

“We are anticipating having about the same amount of fire trucks, maybe some different ones this time than we’ve had in the past,” said Mr. Bowden. “We’re hoping to have at least that response and maybe more.”

The fire truck show will be staged on the paved area by the barns, the Lynch Building and Delaware Telephone Museum.

The car, truck and motorcycle show will be held in the north field on the museum grounds.

Both shows run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Barbecue and hot dog vendors will have food for purchase. The Telephone Pioneers will have cold drinks for sale.

The First Saturday Stamp Tour is a partnership of the Community Organizations of Georgetown and the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. It began in May, running monthly on the first Saturday to highlight museums and historic sites with free public admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating sites include the Old Sussex County Courthouse on South Bedford Street, the historic train station on Layton Avenue, the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum on South Bedford Street, Treasures of the Sea exhibit at Delaware Technical & Community College and the Masonic Lodge on East Market Street.

“It’s one of the initiatives to bring people into the town of Georgetown. All of the other museums will be open,” Mr. Bowden said. “We’re kind of doing this as an extra feature.”

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