Cars, cars and more cars, but these are not just any ordinary cars; these are Hudsons dating from about 1911 to 1957.
New York doctor, Robert Blake, has been collecting classic cars for some time but it was the Hudson that really grabbed his attention. One Hudson led to another until he needed to find a place to house nearly 50 Hudsons.
About seven years ago, Blake bought three properties in New Smithville with their own historical significance.
When Old Route 22 was the main road between Reading and Allentown, New Smithville was a hub of activity.
In 1929, the O.J. Fritz Ford Dealership opened. To keep up with the competition, Maxwell Motor Company opened across the street, offering a cafe. The third property Blake bought is the historical farmhouse and barns next to the Ford Dealership.
To preserve this history, Blake enlisted the help of Bernie Thompson, of Breinigsville, who as manager maintains the cars and works on the buildings. While Blake was not available, Thompson led The Patriot on a tour.
"We're trying to keep it as original as possible," said Thompson.
They have refurbished the three buildings from top to bottom. Unique elements include a working telephone booth and the cafe. The floors are shiny and the wooden walls are freshly stained. Currently, they are refurbishing the old barns with hopes of offering a show barn.
What is the goal of all this hard work?
"Educational reason," said Thompson.
Blake wants to open a car museum to the public once they have obtained all of the proper permits of operation.
"I don't think you'll ever see this many Hudsons in one spot again in your life. It's the largest private collection of Hudsons I know of," he said.
The Maxwell building houses about 50 Hudsons. A few of the rare cars in the collection include a 1918 limo, a 1924 Hudson, a 1926 limo that Thompson believed was the only one left, and a 1927 Hudson Roadster with a rumble seat.
"I think it is a unique automobile," said Thompson. "I like to work on them and keep them well preserved. To show them off is always the good side of my job."
Walking through the open space of the room takes one back in time, creating the feeling that a car museum has already been created.
There are other historical items on display, including the old "EAT" sign that hung out front for the cafe and an oil dispensing machine.
"There's not a day that goes by that you don't learn something from other car collectors," said Thompson.