Taneytown Historical Museum is quite an excellent and well thought out place. It's exhibits, as George Naylor, one of the museum's founding members jokes, "I think it's second only to the Smithsonian in Washington." Even though it certainly isn't to that scale, it's quite impressive what the members of the museum have done with the space given to them. One such event the museum does with their space is what they call Hudson Day. Hudson Day is comprised owners of old Hudson Cars who bring their cars to the museum to talk about their history and tell the car's stories. Why Hudson Cars? I had the same questions. The Taneytown Historical Museum puts on Hudson Day because the site where the museum now sits, in fact used to be an old Hudson Dealership. Crazier yet, one of the cars that attends the event (Blue Car Shown Below) is actually a car that was sold at the dealership years and years ago. It was quite nice talking to the wonderful car owners and hearing the stories of each car.
I never knew that Hudson Cars existed. Sure you hear of Model T's and old Chevys or Fords, but Hudson? That was a new one for me. I must admit though, they were rather striking in person. Apparently they were quite popular in their day and each one was custom ordered. So popular in fact that one of the car owners, Lewis Mendenhall, even pointed out that Disney Pixar put an old Hudson Hornet in its movie Cars. Being able to see under the hood and then climb into the driver's seat of these old vehicles was quite a treat. You just don't see craftsmanship, attention to detail and flat out design like this in vehicles any more. Sure modern convenience is nice, but old school flare and class is hard to beat. By the end of the day I found myself wondering, "Wonder if I could find a Hudson?" Really though, I think the only reason I got to that point was because I really enjoyed hearing the history behind each car. Their owners were more than happy to talk your ear off about every little story and detail of history. It may for a day that was quite unique, educational and memorable.
I can surely say that I am going back to Taneytown Historical Museum's Hudson Day next year when they hold it again. The people there are warm and inviting and the whole atmosphere is just fun. Not to mention you can look at, touch and climb into some really cool old cars. Trust me, it's not every day you see a Hudson, and when you can see them up close and hear their stories it's even more amazing. Taneytown is a small town in Carroll County, MD but I can say it's got a big heart. The people here really care about their community and their heritage. So if you find yourself near Taneytown, be sure to check out the Taneytown Historical Museum's website for all of their latest events and exhibits https://taneytownhh.org/ then be sure to stop by their location and say hello.