The Golden Age of Trucking Museum, a hidden gem chronicling the history of trucking in the U.S., will be shutting its doors on July 20. The reason, like everything these days, is financial.
In 1998, the idea of buying land and building a museum dedicated to the history of trucks became a reality when the Guerreras broke ground in Middlebury – the Golden Age of Trucking Museum was born.
The staff kicked off a $100,000 fundraising effort last year, but has been able to raise only $20,000 to date. The museum sought federal and state grants and other means to bring in revenue, but have had no luck. Richard Guerrera’s dream, which has been kept alive by Frances and the Guerrera family, now appears to be coming to an end.
I had occasion to visit the museum last year with my children, ages 6 and 2, and the looks on their eyes were priceless. Barring a last-minute miracle, it’s a shame that other children will not have the chance to learn about the history of trucking as we say goodbye to the Golden Age of Trucking Museum.