For more than fifty years the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels has been a standard in the world of nautical history and education, but it is safe to say that that makes the CBMM so special is that satisfies people’s special passion for boats. Families flock to the CBMM to look at and ride on boats, while individuals, from teens to senior adults, use the museum’s programs to learn how to build and repair them.
If Tad duPont, president of the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels, has his way, that same kind of passion will eventually be found for those who love of cars and motors at the soon to be open campus on East Marengo Street.
With the significant benefits of a historically restored house functioning as office and learning space, and the recent addition of a custom built barn, designed by Amish craftsman and capable of parking twenty-one rare automobiles, du Pont might very well get his wish.
Taking advantage of a community that has long been known for its love of old cars (there are more than 400 antique cars registered in Talbot County alone), the Classic Motor Museum’s leaders have a strong conviction that over time the CMM will be the Mid-Atlantic’s premier car destination.
The Spy talked to Tad last week about the origins of the Museum, the Museum’s launch plans, and his board’s effort to quickly reduce the $400,000 plus loans associated with the barn and campus improvement. He also talks about the extraordinary economic impact the Museum could potentially bring to the region.
This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the Classic Motor Museum, please go here