Westerly in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round
Highlights of the History
• The Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round was built by the Charles Dare Company of NYC in 1867 using overstocked rocking horses
• A traveling carnival brought the Merry-Go-Round to Watch Hill in 1883 and just left it here
• Originally it was powered by 2 men turning cranks; then it was pulled by a horse; water power was installed in 1897, and in 1914 electricity took over
It is the only continuously operating and surviving flying horse Merry-Go-Round in the country
Location. 41° 18.551′ N, 71° 51.49′ W. Marker is in Westerly, Rhode Island, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Bay Street and Larkin Road, on the right when traveling south on Bay Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Bay Street, Westerly RI 02891, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Avondale (approx. 1.4 miles away); Battle of Stonington Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away in Connecticut); The Defenders Of The Fort (approx. 2.9 miles away in Connecticut); Thomas Howe House (approx. 3 miles away in Connecticut); First Railroad Operated in Connecticut Stonington Land Battery (approx. 3.2 miles away in Connecticut); John W. Richmond (approx. 3.4 miles away in Connecticut); Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House (approx. 3½ miles away in Connecticut).
Also see . . . Flying Horse Carousel on Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.