Are you a fan of classic automobiles? If so, you will want to add the Shipshewana, Indiana area to your list of potential destinations.
The Shipshewana area boasts a total of five automobile museums and a whole host of transportation related factory tours all within 40 minutes of each other.
One such attraction is the “Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum” located within the “Shipshewana Town Center.”
What follows is a brief description of the museum and just some of what visitors can expect to find there.
Brief Description of Museum
If you can imagine 50,000 square feet of exhibit space containing what is considered to be the “world’s largest collection of Hudson Cars”, you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect during a visit to the “Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum.”
For those unfamiliar with Hudson automobiles, they were manufactured in Detroit from 1909 until 1954 by the “Hudson Motor Car Company.”
All “Hudson Motor Car Company” vehicles were manufactured under the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane or Dover brand names.
The company’s line included trucks, utility vehicles and automobiles such as the 1930 “Model T Coupe”, which came with a rumble seat.
Other “Hudson Motor Car Company” products were the 1927 “Hudson Fire Engine”, the 1929 “Dover Mail Truck”, the 1953 “Hudson Hollywood Super Wasp” and the elegant 1928 “Hudson Victoria Coach.”
The “Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum” is actually a manifestation of the automobile fueled ardor of one man, Eldon Hostetler. As a child he quickly became enamored with the company’s vehicles and over the years made it his mission to amass a large cache of them.
It is Hostetler’s amazing 50 vehicle cache and his ardent appreciation for them that makes the “Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum” a most memorable experience.
The “Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum’s” collection has such great depth and breadth that it is difficult to single out any one vehicle as being the highlight.
In addition to the vehicles mentioned previously, visitors to the museum may also enjoy gazing upon a 1947 “Hudson Pick-up Long Boy”, 1929 “Hudson Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton” and a 1916 “Hudson Four Door Limo.”
Hours of Operation and Admission
As of 2010 admission to the “Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum” is $8 per adult and $4 per child between the ages of 6 through 17. There are also discounts for senior citizens and groups. Children ages 5 and under are gratis when accompanied by a paying adult.
Those travelers that would like more information on things to do and see while in Shipshewana should log onto the “Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association” website.
Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum
760 South Van Buren Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565