Sandwich, Massachusetts: Taft's Steam Car

When William Howard Taft moved into The White House, he knocked down its horse stables and built a four-car garage to house his giant steam-powered automobiles. This is one of them: a 1909 White Model M.

J.K. Lilly Antique Automobile Museum

67 Grove St., Sandwich, MA
One of several museum at the Heritage Museums and Gardens.
April-Oct. daily 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $18.
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J.K. Lilly Antique Automobile Museum.

President Taft's Official Motorcar

The JK Lilly III Automobile Gallery is part of the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. It encompasses several separate exhibit halls and gardens. It is designed in the Shaker style and houses two floors of antique autos, including William Howard Taft's official Presidential Car.

[Ron Dwan, 12/30/2020]

The steam-powered 1909 car was one of the few at the time big enough to haul around America's heaviest President.

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