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Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum

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19th–20th centuries. 510 S. Bedford St.
  • (Dave Tabler)

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.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum", [Georgetown, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 264-265.

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