Browse Exhibits (5 total)

A History of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company: About the Exhibit

This exhibit provides a brief history of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, launched in 1902 by twin brothers F.E. and F.O. Stanley. It celebrates the brothers’ “Yankee ingenuity,” chronicling the rise and fall of the company that bore their name and its connection to the Marshall family and Auburn Heights. Click on the outline to the right to enter the exhibit. The footer on the following pages will allow you to move forward or back, and you may return to the beginning at any time by selecting "A History of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company: Exhibit Home."

Featured here are photos from the Marshall family's personal collection (now part of the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve Archive) as well as Stanley Motor Carriage Company catalog illustrations and images graciously provided by the Stanley Museum in Maine. 

This exhibit was created by University of Delaware Graduate Student Ashley Giordano as part of a summer internship project for the Museum Studies Office.

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The Auburn Valley Railroad: From Then to Now

This exhibit provides a brief overview of the development and history of the Auburn Valley Railroad at Auburn Heights, starting with its construction in 1960 by T. Clarence Marshall through its current operation by volunteers of the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve. Click on the outline to the right to enter the exhibit. The footer on the following pages will allow you to move forward or back, and you may return to the beginning at any time by selecting Exhibit Home

Featured here are photos from the Marshall Steam Museum Archives.

This exhibit was created and curated by Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve staff and volunteers. Learn more about the Marshall Steam Museum at www.auburnheights.org.

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Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy

From the 1890s through the 1920s, people experimented with a new engineering marvel: the automobile. While the skeptics waited for the fad to pass and the world to return to the civilized ways of the horse and carriage, others looked to a future of motorized travel. A few companies succeeded, and many failed. In 1897, twins Francis and Freelan Stanley of Kingfield, Maine, designed their first automobile, in many ways just to see if they could do it better. By 1902, the Stanley Motor Carriage Company was born. They did not design just any automobile, but one powered by steam, the most advanced and prevalent technology of the time. The Marshall Steam Museum is pleased to present the electronic version of Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy, a new exhibition that explores the rise and fall of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company and the enduring legacy of that company on the Marshall family and Auburn Heights. Please join us at an upcoming event to view the exhibit in person. Learn more at www.auburnheights.org

We sincerely appreciate the support received from the following toward this exhibition and related educational programming:

Delaware Humanities Forum
Joseph Boxler Education Fund
Marshall-Reynolds Foundation
Mushroom Festival Grant Program
University of Delaware—Museum Studies
The Stanley Museum

Discover Yorklyn: Mill Town, Hometown, Our Town

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Nestled along the state’s northern border, hugging the Red Clay Creek, is the small, unassuming (and unincorporated) community dubbed Yorklyn by the railroad about 1872. Home to Auburn Heights Preserve, the Marshall Steam Museum, the Center for the Creative Arts and several small businesses, the village has witnessed growth, decline and now a revitalization that is bringing back the creative spirit and communal character that has defined it throughout its 150-year history.

Dining on the Railroad

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With the introduction of dining cars, a train ride became so much more than a trip from one place to another; it became an experience to remember! Collectors now treasure the early china, menus and accessories associated with dining on the railroad.