The Gilmore Car Museum began in 1963 as the hobby of Donald S. Gilmore when his wife, Genevieve, gave him an antique car for his birthday —a 1920 Pierce-Arrow “project car.” With the help of some friends, the auto was placed under a tent and a full restoration followed. The hobby soon grew into a collection of over 30 automobiles. Mr. Gilmore purchased 90 acres of farm property and had several historic barns dismantled piece by piece and moved to the site. It was Mr. Gilmore’s wife who suggested the idea of turning the collection into a museum where future generations could enjoy the restored cars for years to come. The Gilmores established a non-profit foundation, and opened the museum to the public for the first time on Sunday, July 31, 1966. Donald Gilmore passed away in 1979, and Mrs. Gilmore in 1990, but the legacy they began continues to grow.
This is an unusual adventure for us since neither one of us are car enthusiasts, but we both love history, and they have an amazing collection of 1900's through 1960's automobiles here.
I found shooting all the details on this automobiles was absolutely wonderful. The one thing that I wished I had had was a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. That would have so helpful for the handheld low light situations in these buildings. It is on my Christmas Wish List. I could have shot for hours here, but for Mallory's sake I kept moving.
The technology of the phone here vs. the 1920's cars was quite funny.
There is a recreated 1930's full-service gas station on site. It features original pumps, memorabilia and a work bay.
This is someplace that I will come back to, so many delightful things to photograph.
One last photograph, this one looked great no matter what Lightroom preset I used.
My dear friend Helen has started a new link up party - Weekend Walk at The Inspiration Pavilion. I am so excited to be joining her for photo walks.