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Kettering in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Chesapeake Carousel

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2017
1. The Chesapeake Carousel Marker
Inscription. Located within Watkins Regional Park, the Chesapeake Carousel is believed to have been constructed by Gustav Dentzel, one of America's foremost carousel makers of the 19th century. While some of the animals depicted on the carousel are from around 1905, it is suspected that others were constructed in the late 19th century.

The carousel operated in Chesapeake Beach from 1929 until 1972. The park in Chesapeake Beach closed in 1972 and the carousel was sold to Jim Wells of Virginia. In 1973, a Camp Springs woman named Orva Heissenbuttel saw an advertisement for the carousel's final sale. Afraid that this piece of local history would be dismantled and the animals sold off to collectors, Heissenbuttel approached M-NCPPC with the support of carousel enthusiasts around the County. She pledged to lead a fundraising drive to restore the historic carousel. Her efforts' paid off and in 1974, M-NCPPC acquired the carousel and brought it to Watkins Regional Park.

The carousel was opened to the public at Watkins in July 1977. Restoration has been ongoing since its acquisition by M-NCPPC. The animals are constructed of solid wood and most have been restored to their original colors. Some of the more interesting and unique animals on the carousel include a seahorse, a goat, an ostrich, two bison, two burros, and even a kangaroo
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By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2017
2. The Chesapeake Carousel Marker
with hinged feet, producing a jumping motion.

The carousel is open seasonally and provides delightful experience for the young and the young-at-heart. The carousel is wheelchair accessible.
 
Location. 38° 53.311′ N, 76° 47.641′ W. Marker is in Kettering, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from The Loop Trail. Touch for map. This Marker is in Watkins Regional Park. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20774, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The History of Watkins Regional Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Mount Lubentia” (approx. 1.1 miles away); Weary Warriors (approx. 1.6 miles away); Archaeology at the Brick Quarters (approx. 1.6 miles away); Seeking Freedom (approx. 1.6 miles away); Northampton Slave Quarters and Archaeological Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Archaeology at the Frame Quarters (approx. 1.6 miles away); St. Barnabas' Church (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
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The Chesapeake Carousel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2017
3. The Chesapeake Carousel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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