Springfield Museums Events February

Docent Mini-Tours

Docent Mini-Tours

February 16th, 1:00 pm

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

Informal, 30-minute guided tours by our knowledgeable Museum educators.

The Duryea Motor Wagon: The First Successful Automobile with Arch Battista

On September 20, 1883, the very first successful gasoline powered ‘horseless carriage’ traveled the streets of Springfield, MA. Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea designed and created their motor wagon by inserting an internal combustion engine into a horse-drawn buggy. America’s love affair with the automobile began on that date, one hundred thirty years ago, right here in Springfield.

Free with museum admission

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