Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hampton Carousel
A Virginia Historic Landmark
Located at the Buckroe Beach Amusement
Park from 1921-1985
Purchased by the City of Hampton in 1985
and completely restored in 1991
Grand Opening June 30, 1991
One of less than 70 antique operating carousels still remaining in the United States, this carousel is a rare and beautiful example of American folk art. Its prancing steeds and stately chariots were carved from fine-grained hardwood and painted by German, Italian, and Russian immigrant artisans. All of the oil paintings, horse, chariots, beveled mirrors, band organ, and even it's music rolls are originals. This carousel was restored by R&F Designs of Bristol, Connecticut. The restoration of this carousel was made possible by the generous donations of citizens, civic associations, schools, local businesses, and carousel enthusiasts.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1883.
Location. 37° 1.442′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (a few steps from this marker); William Claiborne (a few steps from this marker); British Approach to Hampton / The War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninteenth-Century Hampton (within shouting distance of this marker); Langley Field: Discovering Aerospace (within shouting distance of this marker); Eighteenth-Century Hampton (within shouting distance of this marker); Langley Field: Creating an Air Force (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.