Brick Garage exterior
1923 REO T-6 Four Door Sedan
In our brick garage you will find the same type of car that the Shakers’ owned at Hancock. The Shakers liked REOs because they were large enough to hold a number of brethren and sisters, and were a good car at a fair price. As the Shakers embraced technological change, they would often trade in older models every year or so to maximize trade-in value and avail themselves of the latest advances in automotive engineering.
This circa 1915 structure housed the Church Family’s automobiles. Modern for its day, with a hipped slate roof, pressed tin ceiling, and thick masonry walls, the garage was also practical. Wide hinged doors admitted cars to each bay (they were subsequently re-hung on the sliding tracks in use today). Steam heat, supplied by a boiler in the Hired Men’s Shop next door, helped ensure that the car engines would not freeze up and made winter starting easier before the availability of multi-grade oils.
A group of dedicated volunteers help to keep our 1923 REO up and running. Learn more about volunteering at HSV.