The Golden Age of Trucking Museum was the brainchild of the late Richard J. Guerrera, Sr. of Middlebury, CT. Mr. Guerrera was a successful businessman and truck historian. He was the owner and president of R.J. Guerrera Inc. a liquid transportation company that was located in Naugatuck, CT and was owned and operated by the family for thirty five years before being sold in 2003. He started his business owning one truck and then grew the business through hard work, dedication and the support of his family to include a fleet of trucks located throughout New England.
Over the years Mr. Guerrera developed a passion for vintage trucks, especially those from the 1950’s era. As his trucking company grew he was able to start a collection of antiques. As with his transportation company one grew to many and his collection became one of a kind. Anyone who had the pleasure to meet and know Mr. Guerrera felt his passion for trucks as well as for the transportation industry immediately. He restored all of his vintage trucks to pristine condition and would proudly show them at truck shows and exhibits across the country.
In 1998, Richard Guerrera formed a nonprofit organization called, The Golden Age of Trucking Museum. He appointed a Board of Directors and the search for a home for the collection began. Mr. Guerrera, remembering his roots, dreamed of opening a museum to house his collection in Middlebury, CT. He purchased the property on Southford Road and began the process of planning his museum.
The museum is currently home to over 40 antique vehicles and two antique boats. There is an extensive display of license plates and toys, along with photographs and memorabilia. The Golden Age of Trucking Museum prides itself on being a location for old and young alike … we have a children’s area “Interactive Interstate” with books, puzzles, computers, ride-on toys, blocks, easels and games – a media room “Media on West Main where a movie titled Moving History is shown, “Library :Lane” where guests can relax and read transportation related books, magazines and periodicals, a gift shop featuring Lang cards and candles, books, Burt’s Bees, toys and clothing and novelties with the museum logo, “Founders Gallery”, with an art exhibit, which is available for rentals and an indoor “Picnic area” where we provide complimentary refreshments for our visitors. Guests are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy. Museum hours are Thursday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm. During July & August, we will be open Tuesday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Wednesday 10am – 4pm. We are available Mondays through Wednesdays as well, for school groups, bus tours and private or business functions.