I am in Watch Hill this weekend and enjoy watching the children on the carousel. I was relieved to find that unlike many structures in Watch Hill, the Flying Horses survived Hurricane Sandy unscathed. My two young nephews are here this weekend and I am looking forward to when they are old enough to try for the brass ring!
The Flying Horse Carousel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island has been entertaining children since at least 1876, and maybe even earlier. For many of us equestrians, riding on a carousel gave us our first taste of the joy that can be experienced on horseback. Judging by how much my own two children enjoy the experience, it’s a thrill that has withstood the passage of time. The thrill of catching the brass ring (and winning a free ride) certainly has kept my kids riding until they achieved that goal.
Here is a great slide show of the carousel horses.
The Flying Horse Carousel may be the oldest surviving carousel in the U.S. It is also one of the few surviving carousels built by the Charles W.F. Dare Carousel Company (New York), one of the earliest American makers of carousels. When they were made, they cost $25-$35 each, according to illustrated catalogs…
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