We have an exciting announcement!
RAHS’ Dunlap Surrey has been in storage for many years, only coming out of storage on special occasions. We are excited to announce that this beautifully restored surrey will soon be on exhibit at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm!Recently, the surrey was moved from its storage location at Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, MI. We would like to thank Leader Dogs for their care and consideration of the surrey and for allowing RAHS to store it in their facilities.
David Wagner Butts family and used by his daughter, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Butts Casey Case, the surrey was purchased by the Knapp family during an estate auction held at the Butts farm prior to the sale of the property in the late 1960s or early 1970s.The surrey is a four-seat, light-duty carriage manufactured by the Dunlap Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan. It was built in the decade between 1898 and 1908. Rochester Avon Historical Society is the third owner of the surrey in the vehicle’s more than one hundred year history.Visit https://bit.ly/3g8bZbW for more about the surrey’s history and its restoration a few years ago.
We are proud to partner with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to show this beautiful surrey to the public. The surrey is a rare find and we are thankful that it can now be enjoyed by the community. The surrey will be on exhibit in the near future. Stay tuned!
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