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Marshall Steam Museum

3000 Creek Road, Hockessin, DE 19736
+1 302-239-2385
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Nice family afternoon!

Our visit included a tour of the Marshall Mansion, several rides around the mansion on the 2 trains... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Debbie A
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
A hidden surprise and treasure

Ok, new to the area, but this is a real treat...one I didn't know at all. Had the chance to tour... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
New Haven, Vermont
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Less than five minutes from the center of Hockessin, the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience life at the dawn of the automotive age. The now-museum was built by T. Clarence Marshall in 1947 to house his growing collection of antique automobiles. Today, visitors can enjoy the many treasures at Auburn Heights thanks to the generosity and vision of Clarence's son, Tom, and his wife, Ruth. In 2008, they gifted to Delaware State Parks the estate land and buildings, including a beautiful 1897 Queen Anne mansion that was the Marshall home, while donating to the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the extraordinary vehicles of the Marshall collection. The museum features the world's largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, a 1916 electric car, and two 1930s Packards, in addition to the Auburn Valley Railroad with its 1/8th-size coal-fired steam trains that circle the property.
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3000 Creek Road, Hockessin, DE 19736
+1 302-239-2385
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Our visit included a tour of the Marshall Mansion, several rides around the mansion on the 2 trains and 3 antique automobiles and a leisurely walk through the car museum. They have a number of activities for small children ... coloring inside, small crafts outside....More

Thank Debbie A
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Ok, new to the area, but this is a real treat...one I didn't know at all. Had the chance to tour the museum and see the amazing collection of old steamer cars. Beautifully maintained and displayed. First rate descriptive materials. A true labor of passion...More

Thank StuCom
Reviewed 27 June 2017

If you're a member of Auburn Heights or attend a Steaming Day, this is part of the package. It's a small museum that can divert your children's (I have a 2-yo and 4-yo) attention while waiting for the popcorn to pop or the train lines...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you are interested in steam engines, local history, and/or have small children, you will really enjoy this attraction. The wealthy Marshall family's estate is lovingly preserved in a beautiful country setting. They open the property and share with the public, his extensive collection of...More

Thank MicheleRBiliski
Susan R, Manager at Marshall Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thanks! We appreciate the kind words and hope you'll come back and visit us again soon!

Reviewed 6 December 2016

We enjoyed three parts to our two plus hours here: 1) The Marshall Steam Museum has the largest collection of working and licensed Stanley Steamers in the US. There are lots of signs, and the volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly. Tom Marshall, who has driven...More

Thank Sheila N
Susan R, Manager at Marshall Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Thank you for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 17 June 2016

Not a large museum, but the cars where remarkable, really nice took look at a piece of history. Clean, well kept

Thank Lstapen
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This big old building has a number of steam cars. It is really cool They show you how a car steam engine works. There are a lot of Stanly Steamers but also several othere cars. Worth seeing

Thank ecurblebo
Reviewed 24 November 2015

I went here as a young boy in the 60s to 70s and loved it. I also brought my young son when he was the same age. Fun for different generations across the generations.

Thank Dracunculus
Reviewed 20 May 2015

We visited the museum for a local Daisy Scout event and the staff did a great job explaining steam-powered cars to a group of 5-year olds! We look forward to attending other events at the location over the summer when the steam-powered train is running.

1  Thank Pam M
Reviewed 22 April 2015

They have an early electric car, 15 or so steam engine cars and a gas engine car (1914 Model T). There is a display of how a steam engine works and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Any car buff would enjoy a visit here.

Thank John P
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