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Things to Do in Brenham: Antique Carousel

July 25th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Antique Carousel

Antique Carousel Flying Horse, Brenham TX

Things to do in Brenham are never ending and Brenham is known for many, many things….romantic lodging, beautiful wedding destination, Blue Bell Creamery, antique shopping destination, Washington On The Brazos & the Birthplace of Texas, the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, home to Washington County Fair….the oldest county fair in Texas, having a unique and beautiful historical downtown with amazing architecture, Blinn Junior College and much more, including the famous Antique Carousel.

One of the coolest thing to do in Brenham is to visit Brenham’s antique carousel.  The Antique carousel’s painted ponies are over 112 years old but look practically brand new  due to the horses being used only a few days a year and undergoing a recent, very expensive renovation which returned the horses’ shine.  According to Dr. Wilfred Dietrich, a retired professor from Blinn College, says the city bought the merry-go-round in 1932 from a farmer after a traveling carnival dumped it in his field outside of town. It was restored for use at the Washington County Fair, the oldest county fair in Texas which is located just a half mile down the road from Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast. In 1935, the carousel was enclosed in a 16-sided stone building.

The history of the horses goes back to a hobbyhorse manufacturer in Brooklyn, NY, who carved the ponies sometime between 1867 and 1901. The horses lack fancy ornamentation, which was common on portable carousels because they were easier to transport. The colorful pine steeds do have friendly smiles, flowing manes, and are frozen in mid gallop. Very few of this style of kiddie rides remain in use.

The Brenham carousel is in Fireman’s Park at 910 N. Park. The carousel is open every Friday in July from 10am-1pm for $1 a ride. The rides are free on the second and fourth Fridays, June through August, from 6:30-8pm. It is also open for the county fair and special events during the year. Looking for more things to do?  Click here

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