Despite storm and water damage that was done to the roof of the Brownson House at the Shelton History Center late last year that necessitated the closing of the house to visitors, the Shelton Historical Society is getting back on track with one of the community’s favorite events: the Vintage Vehicles Antique & Classic Car Show. Held each year on Father’s Day which is Sunday, June 19, it provides an opportunity to stroll the grounds and spend the day with Dad admiring cars of all kinds. Two wheels or four, from Model T’s to muscle cars, there’s bound to be something that will trigger a memory from every visitor. The car show will take place at Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Rd., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Past shows have featured everything from a 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom to a 1911 wood-paneled Model T truck. Cars from nearly every decade of automobile history from the 20th century have gathered on the shady grounds of the Shelton History Center with more recent muscle cars, Mustangs, and Army Jeeps joining Ford Model A’s and T’s. All vehicle owners generously share information, their cars, and their hobby with the public. Owners of antique and classic vehicles of all kinds are invited to register for this event. Entry forms may be found at www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org or by calling (203) 925-1803. Pre-registration costs $8.00 but will be $10.00 on the day of the event. Awards in five categories will be presented to crowd favorites.
Sponsors of this year’s show include the Valley Community Foundation, D’Addario Automotive Group of Shelton, and The Mouse That Roared Classic Car Repair. Admission for visitors is $1 for dads, $5/adults and $10/family. Proceeds will benefit the repair and restoration of the Brownson House and provide museum safe storage boxes for documents and artifacts to replace those supplies that were lost when the ceilings were damaged.
The Shelton Historical Society owns Shelton History Center, a museum complex of six historic buildings located just north of the Huntington Green, and strives to provide programs of historical importance to the community. Some programs this year have had to be canceled due to damage to the house, but the organization is addressing all repairs and hoping to rebuild stronger than ever with the community’s support.