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1926 Ford
Model T Pickup Truck

Proposing an Important Addition to Cutchogue Village Green

Main Street, CutchogueThe oldest building on the Village Green in the heart of Cutchogue, Long Island, is the c.1649 Old House. Together with the 18th century Wickham Farmhouse and the 19th century Schoolhouse and Barn, more than three centuries of history of rural Cutchogue is represented on the Green. The Village Garage will present history of the early 20th century.

 

The recent generous gift from renowned automobile collector J. Parker Wickham of a c.1926 Model T pick-up truck is the impetus for the Village Garage project.

Potato Picking Originally used on the nearby Fleet Farm, this Model T and others like it, provided a new and improved way of getting fresh farm products from the fields to the train depot. Later, larger trucks would compete with the railroad by transporting produce directly to urban markets. The role of Eastern Long Island as the “bread basket” of New York City began in the 18th century when farm products were transported by sloop on Long Island Sound. The farm to market tradition continued into the 20th Century when improved modes of transportation – and the roads that carried them – brought new prosperity to Cutchogue and surrounding villages. The rural landscape of Cutchogue was transformed as the Modern Era was ushered in. The Fleet truck will become the nucleus of this fascinating story.

The Council is currently actively planning and fund-raising for the building and its exhibits. The plan is to break ground early next spring, in time to complete the new building before reopening for the 2011 season.

Won’t you help? Please visit the • Village Garage Fund webpage to make your donation today.

All donations to the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council, a 501-C-3 non-profit organiza-tion chartered by the New York State Dept. of Education, are fully tax-deductible.

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• TO Print or Download a Village Garage Flyer Click Here

• CLICK HERE for a copy of The article on Cutchogue Village Garage published by Ford Special Vehicle Team Owner’s Association (SVTOA - svtownersassociation.com).

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