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The Auburn Heights Invitational Classic Car Show and Garden Party September 18th

The Auburn Heights Invitational Classic Car Show and Garden Party will take place September 18th. The show will function as a fundraiser for the Marshall Steam Museum.
Auburn Heights Invitational
Auburn Heights

Hollywood comes to Auburn Heights! This year’s 10th annual Auburn Heights Invitational spotlights Screen Stars, local cars matching those on the big and small screen. Some of the memorable automobiles that guests will experience include a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider (The Graduate), 1932 Ford Roadster Coupe (American Graffiti), 1961 Chevrolet Corvette (Animal House) and 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi (Magnum P.I.).

Also featured are some of the finest early automobiles of the last century, including a 1910 Mercer Model 30 Speedster, 1913 Locomobile Model R, 1931 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine, and 1962 Cadillac Limousine. Visitors can explore the recently renovated Marshall Steam Museum, which includes a new attraction: an exhibit of 80 extraordinary pedal cars! The display is only on view for a limited time and a perfect addition to the evening. While visiting you will discover what life was like when the automobile was a novelty and the world was transitioning from the era of the horse and carriage to the age of the auto.

During this annual event, vintage automobiles are displayed throughout the elegant grounds of the Auburn Heights estate in the shadow of the 1897 mansion.

During this annual event, vintage automobiles are displayed throughout the elegant grounds of the Auburn Heights estate in the shadow of the 1897 mansion.

Be sure to come hungry (and thirsty), plus bring your bidding face to compete for one-of-a-kind experiences, such as a ride in a PT-17 open cockpit biplane (with all proceeds from the silent auction and raffle benefitting the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, which supports educational programs at the Marshall Steam Museum). Food will be available from Mama Mia Continental Fusion food truck, as well as ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery. Beer from Dew Point Brewing of Yorklyn, DE, will be available for purchase along with wine selections from Total Wine.

All proceeds from the event support the Marshall Steam Museum and Friends of Auburn Heights (FAH), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and operating the extraordinary collections entrusted to its care.

Many of the cars invited for the show are held in private collections. The event offers a unique opportunity to get up close to the automobiles and have a conversation with the owners.

Many of the cars invited for the show are held in private collections. The event offers a unique opportunity to get up close to the automobiles and have a conversation with the owners.

EVENT DETAILS: The event will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Auburn Heights, 3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, Delaware. Exhibit vehicles will remain on view from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, with delicious fare (including beer and wine offerings) available for purchase. Admission includes entry to the Marshall Steam Museum, which houses the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, plus free steam-popped popcorn from the museum’s restored 1930s Cretors popper, and rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad. A silent auction & raffle featuring unique and extraordinary local items round out the day’s activities.

The silent auction and raffle always feature unique items and special experiences. All of the proceeds from the auction and raffle benefit the Joseph Boxler Education Fund and the educational programs offered by the museum.

The silent auction and raffle always feature unique items and special experiences. All of the proceeds from the auction and raffle benefit the Joseph Boxler Education Fund and the educational programs offered by the museum.

ADMISSION: Advance tickets are $20 ages 15 & up; $14 age 14 and under (infants free); $25 at the gate. Advance tickets may be purchased online at AuburnHeights.org or by phone at 302-239-2385 (weekdays 9 to 5). All major credit cards are accepted. See AuburnHeights.org for the latest details and information.

Rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad are an added bonus for visitors.

Rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad are an added bonus for visitors.

ABOUT THE JOSEPH BOXLER EDUCATION FUND: The Joseph Boxler Education Fund celebrates Joe Boxler’s passion for cars and learning. Joe began volunteering at Auburn Heights in 2006. As a teenager, he wrote in his journal that the opportunity to volunteer at Auburn heights was “the chance of a lifetime.” Tragically, Joseph Boxler died in an automobile accident in October 2007. He was only 16 years old. Joe’s inquisitive nature and infectious sense of humor touched all who knew him, and he relished every opportunity to learn, laugh and share. To honor Joe’s passion and approach to life, in 2007 the Boxler family established the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, which support’s the museum’s Children’s Education Program, dedicated to inspiring new generations. To learn more about the fund and the programs it supports, contact Director of Public Programs, Allison Schell at 302-239-2385 or Education@auburnheights.org.

Marshall Steam Museum

ABOUT THE MARSHALL STEAM MUSEUM AT AUBURN HEIGHTS: Operated by the Friends of Auburn Heights (FAH), Inc., in partnership with Delaware State Parks, the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights strives to educate the public firsthand about an American way of life that flourished at the dawn of the automotive age and to preserve historic steam automobile technology by teaching the practical skills of operating and maintaining steam cars. FAH also operates the Auburn Valley Railroad, with its 1/8-size live steam locomotives, and hosts Steamin’ Days the first Sunday of each month, June through November. The Auburn Valley State Park, managed by Delaware State Parks, encompasses the Marshall family home, museum building and carriage house, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site of the first Stanley automobile dealership in Delaware, the Auburn Heights estate is surrounded by more than 450 acres of protected parkland, including multi-use trails (for pedestrians and bicycles).

Marshall Steam Museum
3000 Creek Road / P.O. Box 61
Yorklyn, Delaware 19736
302-239-2385 / AuburnHeights.org

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