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From Horses to Horsepower: Owls Head Transportation Museum

March 26, 2013 by Scott Gile

Every year we try to make it to Owls Head, Maine (about an hour north of Brewster House on US-1) to visit Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Why would we do that? How good can a transportation museum be in a sleepy coastal Maine town of about 1,600 souls? Wonder no further - it is that good!

Even the museum’s website may fool you – it has plenty of information, but it bears the look of a site that has gone through changes – and not all the changes made it to all the pages. Some parts look newer than others, but, in general, you wouldn’t accuse it of being a cutting-edge site. Do not let that fool you!

The collections at OHTM include aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, carriages, bicycles and engines. In addition, there are current exhibitions of MG’s (a dozen or more), microcars (you have to see them), and even a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette!

The collection of aircraft is exceptional, with examples of all sorts of pre-WW2 aircraft, including a full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ plane. All but that one can and do actually fly, using the adjacent airstrip.

The collection of antique automobiles is truly amazing. In addition to the MG’s, there are beautifully restored examples from Stanley, Cadillac, Mercedes, Oldsmobile, Ford, Rolls Royce, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and more!

As if the exhibits and collections weren’t enough, there are special events almost every weekend, from the March 23 & 24 Midcoast Model Festival, the May 25 & 26 Owls Head Spring Antique Auto & Aeroplane Show, through the season-ending (though the museum remains open all year) Nov. 2 & 3 The Great Fall Auction & Flea Market.

Maybe you’d like to join us there…

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

A Great Afternoon Indoors (Rain or Shine)

May 17, 2011 by Scott Gile

1908 Stanley Model K

It’s a bit rainy in Maine this week, so our guests were looking for something to do that is mostly indoors. We quickly recommended the Owls Head Transportation Museum for an easy drive up US-1, and a nice day of exploring cars, planes, and more.

Just recently we made our first visit to the museum to see what they had to offer. We were surprised to find it considerably larger than we had expected, and filled with wonderful examples of antique autos and aeroplanes, plus a number of other interesting devices (like the Model-T snowmobile, or the Bi-Autogo – kind of like a large motorcycle, with a V-8  engine, a body like a car, and retractable side-wheels to keep it steady at lower speeds).

The aircraft include a Fokker Tri-Plane (think Red Baron), a Spad (Eddie Rickenbacker), and a Curtis “Jenny”. You can even take a ride in a 1978 Piper Cub,  a 1941 Stearman biplane, or a 1933 Waco biplane. A bit pricey, perhaps, but the thrill of a lifetime!

Ruth’s favorites were the Duesenberg and the Packard near the entrance (left)!  We also enjoyed the collection of antique MG’s – there were several different models scattered throughout the museum – as well as the various old Model-T’s and other wonderful exhibits of historic automobiles.

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