Model T Ford Club Visits Woodchuck Lodge

Members of the Model T Ford Club of America, Capital District Chapter, motoring through the region April 28 stopped at naturalist John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury to learn about the man who was presented a Model T by the car’s producer, Henry Ford himself. Burroughs and Ford became fast friends after the 1913 gift, though the aging writer had several accidents with the vehicle (“The blind, desperate thing still scares me. How ready it is to take to the ditch, or a tree, or a fence!,” he wrote in his journal in May of 1913.) Ford visited Burroughs at the Lodge, helped him pick rocks from a field, and actually owned the property for more than 20 years after Burroughs’ death in 1921.

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