SOUTH BARRE. Vt. – Three generations of the Wilkins family will gather with customers to celebrate the 67th anniversary of Wilkins Harley-Davidson at 1 p.m. Jan. 28.
"We've seen a lot of growth and change over the years and the one thing that remains constant is our commitment to our customers and our sense of family,” dealer principal Ann Lyon, daughter of Harry and Barbara Wilkins, told the Northfield News.
After serving in Guam as a B-29 mechanic in the U.S. Army, Harry J. Wilkins was approved for a Harley-Davidson dealership Jan. 28, 1947. The dealership began in a garage at Harry's mother's home on Merchant Street and eventually moved to a commercial site on Farwell Street.
In 1995, the dealership moved to its current location. Recently, the dealership underwent a remodel. The façade of the building remains outlined with Barre Granite, a tribute to Wilkins’ earlier work in the granite quarries.
The Wilkins’ children, twins Alan and Ann, joined the dealership in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Alan worked at the dealership until his passing in 2002 of leukemia. In 2004, Harry and Barbara's grandson and Ann's son, John, became an owner and general manager of the Top 100 dealership.
"The anniversary of the dealership means a lot to us. It's a time for us to honor the hard work of Harry and Alan, whose pictures hang in the showroom,” Lyon said. “It is also a time for us to celebrate our customers. We invite everyone to stop by the dealership and join in the celebration."
Posted by Holly Wagner