Dozens of cars on display at Mansion House
SHERRILL — The Oneida Community Mansion House (OCMH) welcomed guests for the first time to its first classic car show on Saturday at 170 Kenwood Ave., just outside of Sherrill.
OCMH Director of Museum Affairs Thomas Guiler estimated that 85 cars were on display on the Mansion House lawn.
“The one thing that the Mansion House has an abundance of, believe it or not, is space,” Guiler explained of the idea to host a classic car show. “One of the hidden gems of the Mansion House is showing off the amazing grounds. They were highly curated and laid out in the 19th century.”
This free, family-friendly event featured a DJ, food trucks, tours of the approximately 160 year-old Mansion House, and of course, old automobiles. Free parking was across the street at the old Oneida Limited sales office.
“Our goal for the day is to bring in a brand new audience to the Mansion House and [help people] discover all we have to offer, from educational programing, to our guest rooms, to our gardens and grounds, and even seeing the Mansion House as a great event space,” Guiler explained. “This is a place that can offer a lot to Central New York.”
Registered cars were filed into 21 classes for judging, which included Ford Mustang, Corvette, Volkswagen, Model T and Model A, and more. There was also a class for Best in Show.
“One of the interesting things about having the show this year is we’re in the midst of a multi-year, multi-million dollar project thats going to preserve the exterior of the Mansion House,” Guiler shared. That work was on display for all to see. The preservaton effort will help it to last another 160 years, he continued.
All proceeds to the OCMH the day of the car show will go towards OCMH educational programming.
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