Got to visit the Heritage Museum and Gardens' "Gardens Aglow" Yesterday!
I went with my dad to Heritage Museum and Gardens to see "Gardens Aglow," their Christmas lights displays, also for their famous car collection.
The Reasons For The Visit.
I went with my dad to Heritage Museum and Gardens to see "Gardens Aglow," their Christmas lights displays. But there was another reason, to see their famous car collection they show in a shaker roundhouse. Many of which display the beginning of the automobile and its early ties. A well visited collection that was first cataloged in 1986, largely supported by Josiah K. Lilly III, who at the time owned the collection and the museum and gardens after his father, Josiah Jr.
An REO Speedwagon that you'll see later on in the post. This is an edited photo because this was an accidental video. So I sceenshotted it.
Me and Dad first tried getting here on the weekend before Christmas but we wound up falling into ill regulated traffic control and non-monitored "full lots." So instead of going in a loop for a third time we left and gave up considering the lines were going into the main road! But this time, we finally succeeded. Granted it's almost New Year's now..
Let's Get Started: Upon Entering
Me and Dad came in and the lights were already lit, granted we also came early to beat the mad rush in. But we won't be denied a second time!!
Before veiwing where the cars are.
The roundhouse! Oh boy!! I know for sure what's inside it!! (The car collection obviously)
Now is where the magic begins!!
Welcome, to Jurass- I mean, the Josiah K. Lilly III Car Collection!
Gotta show the view on the second floor. I've seen the collection before but only in the summer time.
The other side of the view!
I've already been here before, this would be my fourth time here. However during my visit I mostly focused on the rotated cars instead of most of the collection. However I've thought very hard on showing what I experienced on my third visit along with a little more info on the Lilly's and their significance with Heritage here. So for the majority I will show mostly pictures of the cars I took with their name boards. I'll fill in a few times and I'll also show some of the lights at the rest of the gardens as well.
You can see the Olds is next to an actual REO Speedwagon.
What a bombshell to start on!!
The original affordable sports car!!
1915 if you couldn't read past the shine, I apologize for that.
If you're patriotic you'll like the next one;
I saw it bereft but not with the top up
Yup! This was Taft's personal car!!
I wasn't sure if I saw this before so I just took one with the board in the same picture.
I'd say call 1-800 but I'm sure most people may not get the joke.
The second Stanley Steamer I've ever seen too!
Like where the driver sits?
Over here is where you can take your picture in a Ford Model T.
I got impatient trying to get a photo of the decorated Ford until my dad asked if he could take a picture of me in it.
So I went on ahead and decided I needed one of myself too! Twice!
Look at that smile!
The shine is kinda in the way but man do I look like a happy car nerd! It's cool to sit in but you can still feel how uncomfortable it was at the same time. My but was curious between partial discomfort to fatiguing pain.
A line of rare early autos is worth taking a picture of any day.
That picture couldn't have come better timed because it was time to go downstairs to view the rest of the collection on both the showroom and the maintenance garage.
First thing I saw was a Duesenberg Model J but with the top up. I have seen it before twice with the top down however!
Equipped with a 265 hp Straight eight, easily a collector's jewel.
It's good to see a stock version.
Sorry for the over shine -_-
This was way blurrier than I saw on my phone! again sorry about the quality!
While taking photos of the Custom I thought of taking one of a view from the bottom floor.
This is actually a Model T!
There was going to be a performance happening later that evening.
I did skip a car that was an interesting piece of British car history (the only american built Rolls-Royce, which was manufactured in Springfield, MA). However This meant a trip to the maintenance garage, where a display window shows the rest of the collection either being maintained or just stored until the next part of the season.
A Mercer I twice saw before this visit on display being maintained in their garage.
Plenty of different cars here too! Including a yellow Model T and a red and black Pierce-Arrow Model 33.
A Model A Phaeton with a Duesie in the back!
This one I haven't seen before but it looks gorgeous.
One last photo of the first floor before we went.
It Is Now The Time To Show The Christmas Lights!
Now Ill show the rest of the museum and gardens' light displays which was the other reason why we came here. (Don't worry the cars will be back)
The Shaker roundhouse lit up. This building is incredibly unique!
The direction we were going to, which leads to a refreshments area and a windmill, where next to it a man was carving an ice frame.
And here is that windmill
This building here had a nice train display I have to show in full. This building here shows temporary exhibits and they rotate with the seasons.
The Temp. Gallery Building And The Trains Inside.
Here is the building with a light tunnel in front with refreshments to the left.
I liked this, it was across from the building aforementioned.
Here's the trains! There was a bridge in the middle that was a copy of the railroad bridge near the Bourne Bridge. A functional lift bridge going over the Cape Cod Canal
I know it's blurred and in an ironic way (feel free to make as many memes with this was possible).
A family kept taking pictures in front of the fireplace so this was the best I could do sadly.
Now Back To The Cars Shall We?
Now I made a few videos showing what the Shaker roundhouse looked like from my perspective. The reason why we came back was to find a restroom, plus as I waited I would have another look at the cars too.
Here is the REO Speedwagon from earlier. Unedited from screenshotting through the 2 second video. I was thinking of how to view the whole collection from my perspective. But because I liked the color I wanted to show it off.
Top floor first!
Now to the bottom floor! (You can see the Rolls I was talking aout earlier on at the end of the video to the right)
I hope you enjoyed this post. I had another one I scheduled and I started making this one a little too late at night so this would do for now. Plus I've flirted with the idea of showing my experience from earlier in the year with a different collection viewing as well. Hopefully you enjoyed seeing this article and hopefully I've made seeing Heritage a possibility in the future for you in a future vacation.