Enjoy Father’s Day with a visit to Skyline’s Carriage Museum and see the collection of over 80 carriages and sleighs!
Various types of horse-drawn delivery vehicles, some of which are depicted on vintage postage stamps, will be highlighted, including the stunning 1874 Abbot-Downing Co. Stagecoach that delivered mail and passengers from Harrison to Bridgton, ME. Made in Concord NH, it has been depicted on U.S. postage stamps celebrating Overland Mail and Pacific 97. Mark Twain called this coach an imposing cradle on wheels because of its unique leather slung suspension system.
Rural Free Delivery (R.F.D.) was established to give farmers the same free mail system city dwellers had. The exhibit will display several types of these vehicles including the most common box style vehicle depicted on postage stamps.
Pony Express, another form of mail delivery, was a private delivery service from St. Joseph, MO, to Sacramento, CA, that provided a faster and cheaper mail service to and from the Pacific Coast. A Pony Express scene will be created for this Special Deliveries exhibit.
Other important delivery vehicles will include a Doctor’s buggy, Fire vehicle, Peddler’s, Grain, Hay, Oil, and Farm wagons, to name a few. Come to Skyline’s Carriage Museum and have fun guessing what each vehicle was meant to deliver!
95 The Lane, North Yarmouth ME(207) 829-9203
Sunday, June 15, 2014; 1:00-4:00pm
Carriage Museum Exhibit “Special Deliveries” run Sundays, May 18 through August 17, 2014.
Museum admission is FREE, donations welcome!