AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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2022  Spring Garage Tour of the Graf and Abel Family Collections

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It was a warm, sunny day for our Garage Tour of two of the stops on our 2022 Poker Run.

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As the sign says, the Graf family is keeping history alive at our morning garage tour.

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Their specialty: antique farming equipment, exemplified by these two eras of tractors.

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Wintertime travel, "dashing through the snow" was often accomplished with a "one-horse open sleigh." as the song goes.

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This white horse replica pulling the open sleigh was carefully restored by Chesapeake Region member Gary Wilmer.

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The large storage facility was filled with antique farm equipment produced by many manufacturers.

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Owner Jeff Graf discusses the collection with some of our visitors.

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Vicky, poses with c0-owner Jan Graf.

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An upper loft area held many examples of implements used on a farm for various tasks.

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A view from the loft looking over the vast display area below.

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Signs explained the function of the implements.

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Pikesville, Maryland was one of the many communities served by the "carriage trade" of Koontz Creamery.

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How a broom is constructed was demonstrated at this interesting display.

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The sign explained the origins of the broom-making equipment...

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... and the corn-top origins of the broom itself.

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Many eras of farm operation equipment were on display for all to enjoy and learn of the past.

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After viewing the displays, many of our visitors enjoyed gathering for conversations in the warm sunshine.

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In addition to the barn full of old farming equipment, down the hill in the old farmhouse awaited an additional treat: displays of all sorts of household items and life as it was in the years of the 1900s.

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A well-dressed gentleman sits at his desk with a variety of typewriters.

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The first-grade reader: "Fun With Dick and Jane" is likely familiar to many of our senior car club members.

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How many family dogs were named "Spot" as a result of this book?

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No need for electricity to operate this sewing machine. A foot-operated "treadle" provided all the power necessary.

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An art it was. Men's suits were custom made after careful selection of materials and measuring.

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In Baltimore, custom tailor shops thrived during the "roaring twenties", but were devastated by the 1930s economic Depression years.

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Two children's dolls displayed.

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Jan Graf gives Barbara some background history on the interesting collection.

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As we concluded our morning visit, the group gathered for a photograph.

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Next stop: Greenspring Station in Hampstead for lunch.

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We had made prior reservations for our large group.

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Our group completely filled four tables.

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The restaurant is a very popular gathering spot in the town of Hampstead.

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We were able to select a variety of lunch items from a special menu prepared for us.

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Sara topped off lunch with a tasty dessert.

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After lunch we were all off to "Louieville" - the farm residence and collection of the Abels.

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Our visitor's cars lined the long approach driveway to the site.

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Members gather before visiting some of the many buildings housing the antique cars.

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A nicely-restored 1955 Pontiac coupe was in the garage nearby.

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With antique Maryland tags attached, it was ready to hit the rural back roads for a spin.

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Wandering the grounds, showing off his plumage and keeping an eye on all the visitors.

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Where's the pizza we ordered? It should have been here by now!

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A beautifully restored 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible...

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... and a nice 1938 LaSalle 2 door convertible.

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Both great vehicles shared a garage.

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The "free range" chickens, no doubt were confused by all the sudden visitor activity.

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A "bird" of a different feather - of great potential but needing lots of TLC!

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Barbara's 2005 Ford Mustang convertible...

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... and her looking at an earlier version that inspired the 2005 retro design.

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Still keeping an eye on all the visitors to the collection.

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The one-year-only General Motors body style of the 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

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Fixtures at every gas station: the air pump to keep your tires properly inflated...

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... and the gas pump with numerals that mechanically registered gallons pumped.

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After a fun-packed day, Activities Director Phil exits in "Termite", his 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster "Woodie" - and surely, like the chrome hub cap, reflecting back on the success of the day's activity, which was so well attended and so enjoyable for us all. Thanks Phil!