Carriage to Car Day at METC
On Saturday, July 14, METC is excited to host a special day-long outdoor event, Carriage to Car that will offer an up close experience with both carriages and early automobiles. The event is a part of our programming in connect ion with our current exhibit, Are We There Yet? Stories of Travel by Stagecoach and Steam. This exhibit tells the story of early travel in New Jersey, before the invention of the automobile. Through the exhibit our visitors can learn more about the details of travel throughout our country and compare it to the high speed travel of the 21st century.
Our Carriage to Car event will appeal to families, car enthusiasts and history buffs and will showcase at least two historic Stanley Steamer automobiles from 1899 and early 1900’s and a 19th century carriage–without the horses!! Green Village Road in front of METC will be closed from 1pm-4pm to offer visitors an opportunity to view these extraordinary vehicles that harken back to a time when routine travel from place to place was a major event! In the late 1800’s traveling from Newark, NJ to Philadelphia, PA by horse-drawn carriage was long, dusty, uncomfortable and monotonous. Then along came the automobile and changed everything forever. The day-long event take place on Green Village Road in front of the historic James Library Building, home of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. There will be food, games and other activities for all, and the museum will be open for guided tours. Partial sponsorship for the event was graciously provided by Madison Jaguar.