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The cut-leaf beech tree is budding, the forsythia are flowering, and the garden beds are awash in shades of purple and yellow. Though all of these signs of spring are evident at 34 Chestnut Street, the surest sign of spring is the opening of the carriage house, where three antique automobiles and five carriages are on display through early November.
Historic New England staff removed the protective winter covering from the cars and carriages and cleaned and prepared the building. Visitors will see a fancy Opera Brougham and young Steven Phillips’ pony cart. There is also a 1929 Model A Ford and two Pierce Arrows in the collection. The New England Chapter of the Pierce Arrow Society holds its annual meeting in Salem on Saturday, April 16, including a visit to the carriage house.
According to Destination Salem, the self-guided tour of the carriage house is one of the ten best free things to do in Salem. Guided tours of the carriage house are available on June 4 during the Ice Cream Social, on July 13 after the Carriage to Car technology lecture, and during the Tenth Annual Car Meet, held on August 14.