July 4th Weekend Part I: Canton Classic Car Museum
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, July 2, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Lora, J. Michael and Lydia pulled into the site behind us at Scenic Hills for the July 4th weekend around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. After they got backed in, we stopped over for hugs, then we took Lydia back to our rig to watch her while Lora and J. Michael got set up. Afterward, we chatted for a while, then it was off to bed for Lydia. It wasn't that long until the rest of us followed suit.
On Friday morning, we were all up fairly early to have breakfast at our rig and then to head off to Canton to visit the Canton Classic Car Museum. The museum was opened in 1978 by Marshall Belden, Sr., who ran an oil and gas business in Canton, OH, and who was an auto enthusiast and history buff.
The museum is located in a building that is almost a block long that was once the home of the Monnet & Sacher Ford dealership. Monnet & Sacher operated from 1914 to 1931 and was the largest Ford dealership in the country due in part to the fact they were located only a few blocks from the Lincoln Highway.
Admission to the museum is a bargain at $7.50 for adults and $6.00 for seniors. On top of that, Margery found an online coupon for 15% off good for our entire group.
As we entered the Canton Classic Car Museum, we could see it is much more than cars. There are transportation related items and other non-automotive memorabilia everywhere.
The first room had a 1901 curved dash Olsdmobile Runabout (foreground) and a replica of a 1903 Bliss Surrey.
Among the many items in the display cases along the walls in the first room was a nice collection of old hood ornaments.
One of the more impressive cars at the museum is a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer. It is a BIG car with a 143.5-inch wheelbase, which is only a little shorter than our long-bed, crew-cab pickup.
As we said, there are more than cars in the museum. Many of the items are transportation related like gas and oil signs, toy cars and trucks, pedal cars, bicycles and tricycles. There are even baby carriages and rocking horses.
An interesting car is the 1962 Amphicar. Built in Germany from 1961 to 1965, this car was capable of traveling up to 75 mph on land and 12 mph in the water.
On our way through the museum, Lora and J. Michael took time out for a tourist photo while Lydia looked on.
The museum collection includes a 1922 Holmes with an air-cooled engine. Holmes automobiles were built right there in Canton, Ohio, from 1918 to 1923. The company was started by Arthur Holmes, who was a former executive of the Franklin Automobile Co. (H. H. Franklin Mfg. Co.).
One of Paul's favorite cars was the 1938 supercharged Cord Model 812 convertible. Only 196 of this model were built. The cord is parked next to a 1915 Chevrolet H-4 Touring Car.
Lydia wasn't that interested in the cars, but she was a good sport. She smiled and mugged for us all the way through the museum.
Near the end of our tour of the museum, we came upon a coin-operated, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer kiddie ride from the 1950s. Lydia gave it a try and liked it.
The Canton Classic Car Museum is another one of those hidden gems that not too many people seem to know about. In addition to their impressive collection of cars, they also have a lot of transportation-related items, old photos and lots of other memorabilia, much of which relates to the history of Canton. It would take many visits to see everything.
After the museum we stopped for lunch in Canton. Look for our next post, and we'll tell you about where we ate and what else we did while Lora, J. Michael and Lydia were with us for the holiday weekend.