January 19, 2011

Long Island Carriage Museum

So, Sunday took me out to the Long Island Carriage Museum in Stony Brook. It is a fascinating journey into the world of antique horse-drawn vehicles. I ambled happily through the winding corridors and ramps of the buildings, taking in the unique craftsmanship of these relics, mostly dating back to the 1800s. Many of these carriages were designed for private passenger use and built for elegance and comfort, though some were also used for the transportation of goods and other functions. I saw grand coaches, work carriages, and wagons; my favorite of which was the Parade Hose Carriage built in Seneca Falls, NY in 1875. Its grand spoked wheels and ornate metal-working made me marvel long at the sheer exquisiteness of it. Constructed for show only, this carriage never saw any fire-brigade action, but did make appearances in numerous parades.

The grounds also feature a one-room schoolhouse, a rather lackluster art museum, and a blacksmith shop. It is cool to look around in the place where one would go in the 1800s to pimp one's ride...

Today, may you hitch a team of horses to the covered wagon of your soul and venture out on to the prairies of imagination. Wishing you lavish dreams and warming inner sun rays. Love & light...

“For in this way there will be richly provided
for you an entrance into the kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

~2 Peter 1:11