Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Hampton Carousel

Today we went to the Hampton Farmer's Market with our good friends the Campbells. Come to find out, the farmer's market is in Carousel Square, thus named for the beautiful old carousel in its center. Here's the info.

Built in 1920, the Hampton Carousel is one of only 170 working antique wooden carousels in the United States. Hand crafted by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park, the merry-go-round's 48 horses and two chariots were hand carved by Russian, German and Italian immigrant artisans. When the Amusement Park closed, the horses were completely restored, given their own pavilion and are now a focal point of Hampton's downtown waterfront. Visitors can take a spin and enjoy an American tradition.

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