Yorklyn, Delaware - 9/20/2020 12:30 pm to 9/20/2020 04:30 pm
** New in 2020: One Ticket provides In-Person AND Online Access**
Have you ever heard of a Gioto Bizzarrini? Pointed out a Pierce Arrow? Or cruised in a Pontiac? These are types of cars, featured in our display, that have vanished from the automobile scene over time. This year’s 9th annual Auburn Heights Invitational spotlights Vanished Marques, “extinct” cars, some of which you may remember and some you will discover for the first time.
The event, in-person (with safety protocols in place) and now online, offers a glimpse of some of the finest early automobiles from the last century. Visitors to Auburn Heights can explore the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum and 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. Exclusive online content, available to all ticketholders, includes rare interviews, behind-the-scenes videos of local car collections, antique auto repairs and special programs. Timed entry, masks and social distancing restrictions will be in place.
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. Guests are encouraged to come hungry and ready to bid or buy raffle tickets (benefitting the museum’s Educational Programs). Food will be available from On the Roll 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. The day’s activities also include a silent auction and raffle, featuring items for all interests, including a private garden and estate tour of Winterthur, special themed baskets, gift certificates and more — all benefiting the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, which supports educational programs at the Marshall Steam Museum.
ADMISSION: Advance tickets are $20 ages 15 & up (with timed entry); $14 age 14 and under (infants free); $25 at the gate, but reservations are recommended to avoid delays as attendance capacity will be restrained to adhere to all local safety guidelines. Advance tickets may be purchased starting Aug. 15 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.
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).