Chatham was well known as the horse-drawn vehicle capitol of Canada and this led directly to automotive manufacturing that was a major part of our economy for most of the 20th century.
Despite being an important part of this community’s history, up until the last ten or twelve years, the museum had only one vehicle (a sleigh) in its collection. All that has changed and "Horse Power" is an exhibit that highlights this special part of our museum collection.
“Horse Power” spotlights some of the fine horse powered/ horse power vehicles now in the museum collection including finely restored carriages and a Gray-Dort automobile as well as very original buggies, carts, and sleighs.
A special feature for the auto enthusiasts is a rare four cylinder Reeves air cooled engine used in the short-lived Chatham car made from 1906 to 1908. No complete car is known to survive but the unique engine is an important surviving component that has been loaned to the museum from a private collection.
The Chatham-Kent Museum is open 7 days a week from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is by donation.