Built in 1969, the original name Town House Shop comes from the Atlantic Shore Line Railway car house that was located right down Log Cabin Road at Town House Square in Kennebunkport. Donald G. Curry joined the Museum staff as a summer employee in 1953. He converted to full time when he retired from his high school teaching position. In 2017 he officially retired from the Museum after 64 years of staff service. This is certainly the longest stint by any employee at any rail museum. In honor of his years of service and his retirement, the board voted to change the shop’s formal name to the Donald G. Curry Town House Shop.
The Donald G. Curry-Town House Shop is “Where Magic Happens”. Over the course of years, and thanks to the helping hands of many volunteers, cars have entered the shop as rusting hulks and emerged as pristine authentically restored operating vehicles. This is also the place where the museum’s operating fleet is maintained. Welding, machining, woodworking, electrical, upholstery are just a few of the skills needed to take care of our priceless vehicles.
Restoration projects rely on donor support and volunteer labor to complement and supplement the efforts of restoration employees.
If you are interested in making a financial donation, or donating materials, to help with vehicle restoration and repairs, please contact the Restoration Shop. The Shop Manager can tell you which vehicles are currently undergoing restoration, and which are scheduled to become active restoration projects in the near future.
If you are interested in voluneering at Town House Shop, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.