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Address: 3000 Creek Road, Hockessin, DE 19736
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09:00 - 17:00
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Less than five minutes from the center of Hockessin, the Marshall Steam...

Less than five minutes from the center of Hockessin, the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience life at the dawn of the automotive age. The now-museum was built by T. Clarence Marshall in 1947 to house his growing collection of antique automobiles. Today, visitors can enjoy the many treasures at Auburn Heights thanks to the generosity and vision of Clarence's son, Tom, and his wife, Ruth. In 2008, they gifted to Delaware State Parks the estate land and buildings, including a beautiful 1897 Queen Anne mansion that was the Marshall home, while donating to the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the extraordinary vehicles of the Marshall collection. The museum features the world's largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, a 1916 electric car, and two 1930s Packards, in addition to the Auburn Valley Railroad with its 1/8th-size coal-fired steam trains that circle the property.

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Largest Collection Of Steam Engines Automobiles in the Country

If you are interested in steam engines, local history, and/or have small children, you will really enjoy this attraction. The wealthy Marshall family's estate is lovingly... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Hockessin, Delaware
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Hockessin, Delaware
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you are interested in steam engines, local history, and/or have small children, you will really enjoy this attraction. The wealthy Marshall family's estate is lovingly preserved in a beautiful country setting. They open the property and share with the public, his extensive collection of steam powered automobiles, with live demonstrations and rides. There is also have a great steam... More 

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Susan R, Manager at Marshall Steam Museum, responded to this review

Thanks! We appreciate the kind words and hope you'll come back and visit us again soon! More 

Palmdale, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We enjoyed three parts to our two plus hours here: 1) The Marshall Steam Museum has the largest collection of working and licensed Stanley Steamers in the US. There are lots of signs, and the volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly. Tom Marshall, who has driven many of the cars, and lived grew up in the Mansion, often visits and has... More 

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Susan R, Manager at Marshall Steam Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again! More 

Newark, Delaware
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Not a large museum, but the cars where remarkable, really nice took look at a piece of history. Clean, well kept

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Newark DE
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

This big old building has a number of steam cars. It is really cool They show you how a car steam engine works. There are a lot of Stanly Steamers but also several othere cars. Worth seeing

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Hockessin, Delaware
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

I went here as a young boy in the 60s to 70s and loved it. I also brought my young son when he was the same age. Fun for different generations across the generations.

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Hockessin, Delaware
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140 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

We visited the museum for a local Daisy Scout event and the staff did a great job explaining steam-powered cars to a group of 5-year olds! We look forward to attending other events at the location over the summer when the steam-powered train is running.

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Hockessin, Delaware
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

They have an early electric car, 15 or so steam engine cars and a gas engine car (1914 Model T). There is a display of how a steam engine works and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Any car buff would enjoy a visit here.

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

I say if it's open, as the site is only open on selected times during the year. Check before you go. The collection of stanley steamer vehicles is the best I have seen. The presence of mr. Marshall at some times adds considerable color to the site, if he is there you can't miss him. The ride on scale steam... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This home is beautiful from the exterior and the grounds are very pretty. The old car museum on the property holds some beautiful cars. On steamin days the home is open for a tour. I was a bit disapointed in the tour. The house itself is old, however it has been updated throughout the years, and is now decorated mostly... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Part of the Auburn Heights Preserve. Fun museum for both kids and adults with various steam engines, trains, cars on display. Some hands on displays. On this particular visit they demonstrated on how they started and maintained a steam based car - very interesting and worth look-in. There is a movie worth watching on the history of steam. Train rides... More 

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