Friday, December 1, 2017

Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum

As a mother of five sons and with a husband who has always had an interest in cars, I always get excited if I notice that there is an automobile museum near our destination when we travel. After hours of boys complaining in the car that they are bored, it is something I know they will enjoy. Over the years we've been to museums where we've seen sport cars, sedans, truck, motorcycles, wagons and lots of other vintage vehicles. One such museum we've been to that has amazed my kids in the Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum in Shipshewana.

This museum isn't as huge in scale as some of the car museums we have visited, but it has a very impressive collection - a collection amassed by one man who fell in love with Hudsons as a 14-year-old when he had a chance to drive an automatic model around a farm he worked on. Eldon Hostetler's first car was a 1938 Hudson. From then on, he continued collecting and restoring Hudsons as well as Essex, Terraplane, Dover and other Hudson-produced automobiles. 

The museum closes during the winter season from January 1 to April, but group tours can be scheduled during that time. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults with discounted admission for seniors and children. For more information on the museum, visit 


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