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“Grounds pretty, fun family day”

Marshall Steam Museum
Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Hockessin
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Owner description: Less than five minutes from the center of Hockessin, the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience life at the dawn of the automotive age. The now-museum was built by T. Clarence Marshall in 1947 to house his growing collection of antique automobiles. Today, visitors can enjoy the many treasures at Auburn Heights thanks to the generosity and vision of Clarence's son, Tom, and his wife, Ruth. In 2008, they gifted to Delaware State Parks the estate land and buildings, including a beautiful 1897 Queen Anne mansion that was the Marshall home, while donating to the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the extraordinary vehicles of the Marshall collection. The museum features the world's largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, a 1916 electric car, and two 1930s Packards, in addition to the Auburn Valley Railroad with its 1/8th-size coal-fired steam trains that circle the property.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This home is beautiful from the exterior and the grounds are very pretty. The old car museum on the property holds some beautiful cars. On steamin days the home is open for a tour. I was a bit disapointed in the tour. The house itself is old, however it has been updated throughout the years, and is now decorated mostly in a late 80's style.
For children on the Steamin days, there are train rides, carriage rides, free popcorn. At most a couple hour experience with kids, not much more to keep them busy.
Another bonus to this property is that Mr. and Mrs. Marshall are often on hand to discuss the property. Very nice friendly people!

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Part of the Auburn Heights Preserve. Fun museum for both kids and adults with various steam engines, trains, cars on display. Some hands on displays. On this particular visit they demonstrated on how they started and maintained a steam based car - very interesting and worth look-in. There is a movie worth watching on the history of steam. Train rides and steam car rides are available on premises. If you have young kids and want to get out this is definitely worth a visit.

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