Classic cars lined the grounds of the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown June 8.
The Adirondack History Center Museum/Essex County Historical Society and Dennis Egglefield of Egglefield Ford presented the second annual Adirondack History and Antique and Classic Car Show, on Saturday, June 8.
The event brought the community out to not only peruse the classic cars, among them a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a 1916 Dodge Touring and numerous other classic and muscle cars and hot rods, but the museum opened its doors for the grand opening of the Civil War exhibit, “The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War. “
Registration to enter the car show was $15 for all day or $10 in advance, and the proceeds for the event benefited the Adirondack History Center Museum and its future endeavors.
Located at the back of the museum, off of Hand Avenue under the pavilion, Linnea Shumway and Cynthia Johnston of DaCY Meadow Farm served lunch and attendees could also enter a drawing for a $100 gas card among other things. The aroma of a selection of foods wafted through the outdoor event as people wandered around indulging in conversation, taking in the sight of historic and antique cars, and meandering into the museum for the free Civil War exhibit. The car show was stretched between the museum and the pavilion, creating a festival-like atmosphere that encouraged car enthusiasts to also take part in exploring the museum’s free event as they made their way towards the museum.
The event had appeal for all walks of people — cars, food, fun - and the museum provided a chance for the community to engage in some local history that was a part of national history. Among the artifacts, letters, and photographs of the Civil War veterans of Essex County, there was even well-preserved clothing, and a dress worn by Sarah Kellogg Livingston to Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball.
Not only did the event provide a chance for classic car enthusiasts to share their love of cars, but it provided a walk through history in two aspects—the timeless appeal of historic cars and the local contribution of Essex County to the Civil War—tied together in this one event.