A local businessman who eventually owned more than fifteen gas stations, Marvel began collecting old carriages as a hobby in 1926, acquiring and restoring eighty in all. In 1968, he established this outdoor museum, which has grown by the addition of small rural buildings brought in from near Laurel and elsewhere. One-room Ellis Grove School (1833) was moved here in 1979 and stands near Epworth Methodist Church (1890), moved in 1983, five years before Marvel's death. Carriages are stored in Barrel Barn, which used an innovative truss system of laminated rafters by a local builder (c. 1930, Rodney O'Neal). Georgetown Historical Society owns the museum and, as part of its mission, seeks to preserve threatened buildings throughout the town.
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Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum
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