The Turbotville Auto Museum, located in Turbotville, PA, houses a wide variety of classic cars from the 1920s on up. Visitors can also view a large collection of automotive-related memorabilia.
Below is the article as it appeared The Standard Journal website.
A car lover’s dream in Turbotville
By Kevin Mertz
TURBOTVILLE Nestled just off of Route 54 near Turbotville is a building which houses a collection that is sure to spark the interest of any automobile enthusiast.
The Turbotville Auto Museum has been in existence for over 10 years, and is located in a building which once served as a dress factory.
Jessica Cranmer, a museum employee, said the approximately 30 classic cars which are on display in the museum are part of a collection owned Mark Stitzer, a Connecticut-based businessman who owns a summer home in Eagles Mere.
Cranmer said Stitzer purchased the building in Turbotville, and turned it into a museum, as he was in need of a location to store some of the nearly 250 classic cars in his collection.
“Most of the stuff is from the ‘20s and up,” Cranmer said of the cars housed in Turbotville. “Most people that come in get into the Model A and the Model T.”
She said another favorite of those who visit is a 1938 Buick.
“It has the old rumble seat in the back seat,” Cranmer said of the Buick.
The museum also includes five Corvettes, several Chevelles and Camaros.
In addition to the cars, those who visit the Turbotville Auto Museum can also catch a glimpse of a collection of hundreds of model cars, which are also owned by Stitzer.
Old car parts are also on display.
“A lot of people stand and stare at this stuff,” Cranmer said, noting the car parts are items which are hard to find anywhere.
The latest addition to the museum is a large model train set.
“The whole layout is based on Eagles Mere,” Cranmer said. “It’s very detailed, down to the people and the buildings.”
She noted that employees of a Massachusetts company recently spent about three weeks at the museum, working to build and install the train set.
With the museum’s varied collection, Cranmer said the Turbotville Auto Museum attracts visitors from around the world.
On one recent weekend, Cranmer said separate groups from Ireland, Brazil and Puerto Rico came to tour the facility.
Cranmer said the museum attracts a wide variety of visitors, many who remember the days when the classic cars could regularly be seen cruising down the highway.
“Usually when I get an older group, they’re here for an hour, at the least,” she said, noting that people like to reminisce about days gone by as they admire Stitzer’s collection.
Cranmer also noted that the collection continues to grow as Stitzer acquires more vehicles.
She said representatives from the Barrett Jackson auto auction company recently delivered a vehicle to the museum which Stitzer had purchased.
Cranmer said the cars on display in the museum are maintained by Cranmer’s Auto Repair, Hughesville.
Turbotville isn’t the only spot in Central Pennsylvania where Stitzer stores some of his many vehicles. Cranmer said a number of vehicles are also kept in a large two-story warehouse in Hughesville.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information on the museum, visit www.turbotvilleautomuseum.com.
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