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Museum welcomes 1911 Tudhope-Everitt car back to Simcoe County

​Midhurst/January 13, 2023 – The County has procured one of only four remaining Tudhope-Everitt cars for its permanent public collection. This extremely rare vehicle was originally built at the Tudhope factory in Orillia, and it now has pride of place back home on display in Simcoe County.  

“This is a great addition to the Simcoe County Museum,” said County of Simcoe Warden Basil Clarke. “Simcoe County has a deep manufacturing history and I encourage residents to visit the Museum to learn more about the Tudhope-Everitt car and our many artifacts and collections.”   

James Brockett (J.B.) Tudhope was born in Oro Township in 1858 and began working at his father’s carriage business in the 1880s. By 1902, the Tudhope Carriage Company spanned three city blocks. The factory building is now home to Lakehead university’s downtown campus and City Hall.

The Tudhope Anderson Company Limited (TACO) was formed in 1906 and produced farm wagons and equipment.  By September 1908, J.B. Tudhope extended the carriage business into automobiles. The first model in 1909 was based on a collaboration with Indiana based W.H. McIntyre Company. Sometimes referred to as a “horseless carriage”, the design was thought to be simple and practical. 

The Museum’s Tudhope-Everitt car was purchased from a private collector in Smiths Falls, Ontario in late 2022. Today, there are only three other known Tudhope-Everitts still in existence; one other 1911 model, and two from 1912. The other remaining 1911 model is part of the Burnaby Village Museum’s collection in British Columbia. Members of the public can now visit the Simcoe County Museum’s Tudhope-Everitt car, which is on display in the Simcoe Gallery.

About Simcoe County Museum

Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year-round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at for further details.

About the County of Simcoe

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at­­­­­­

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch​
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)