Yearly, the residents of Paris Hill, Maine have commemorated the founding of their community with an event on the village green. For the past forty-one years, the Bahre family, who own the home on Paris Hill which once belonged to Hannibal Hamlin (Lincoln's first vice-president), open their automobile collection to the public as a fundraiser for the library and museum. This library is housed in the old granite jail. Gathering on the square are vendors with food, art and crafts, music, and, lately, some bring their own classic cars.
Waiting for the visitors at the lower car building.
People return year after year to admire these automobiles which range from a 1914 Baker electric car, to a Harvey Earl Cadillac, to Packards and Duesenbergs, to a recent Bentley.
A beautiful boat-tail Auburn with V12.
Some day I want to make a poster of the next car:
And here is the curator of the collection giving visitors a talk about the 1934 Duesenberg which was on this year's poster. He had just started it up and you could hear it from the top of the hill.
It is an amazing collection of cars. To see them again, wait until next year, or buy a copy of a 2020 calendar we put together as another fundraiser for the Hamlin Memorial Library, 207-743-2980. Karin at Grassroots Graphics in Oxford, Maine has done a great job getting the calendars printed in a very short time. If you were there, leave a comment below.
Below are some of the classic cars people brought: