Saturday June 4th was the date 46 members of the Northern Chapter, Cadillac-LaSalle V Club, Model T club and the Ohio Region of the Classic Car Club st off on what has become a “tradition”, the annual trek to the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, Ohio. Reservations from the membership of the clubs totaled 46, down from last year but up from the year before.
The departure point for the tour , following donuts and coffee, was the Streetsboro Burger King on SR 14 and the immediate destination on the way to Hanoverton was the Hannon Carriage collection in Louisville, Ohio. I “discovered” this treasure during the Summer Tour hosted by the Canton Chapter last year. The automobile enthusiasts this year reacted the same way as they did one year ago-amazement. The amazement was expressed by all over the Hannon estate grounds, the carriage house and particularly over the carriages. Tom Hannon has been collecting and restoring carriages for more than forty years and has provided transportation in them to businessmen, statesmen and royalty. Carriages were direct antecedents to the automobile and many of the manufacturers went into the automobile business. Tom and his lovely wife Theresa provided the history of each distinctive coach and were most gracious hosts. If you have a chance to see this collection, do not pass up the opportunity.
Following the visit with the Hannons it was off to the Spread Eagle. Lunch was up to its usual high standards. The history of the Tavern was given by Christine, one of its oldest employees . It is always interesting to hear the history as each year new information is presented. Although none of us was hungry, the trip home included the obligatory stop for desert at the New Baltimore Ice Cream Shop in New Baltimore, Ohio where the kiddie size is good sized, the small is large and the large is humongous. The two antique shops across the road, SR 44 again proved interesting. As the sun set and we wiped off the ice cream running down our arms and on to our blouses or shirts, and bade a fond farewell to the 2011 Spread Eagle Tour. We are planning for 2012.