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Hampton History Museum

Posted on: November 30, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Winter Whimsy at the Hampton Carousel

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Dec. 1, 2016 - Make new holiday memories while enjoying festively adorned horses and the historic Hampton Carousel decked out for the season, along with special carousel Christmas music. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, visitors will receive a free candy cane and can take a spin on the carousel for just $1.00.

Young and old alike can make new memories while enjoying the historic Hampton Carousel decked out for the season, along with special carousel organ-type Christmas music. 

About the Hampton Carousel

Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weather-protected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the U.S. Hand crafted by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park, Hampton's Carousel is a whirling tribute to the skill of its creators.

After untold numbers of young and old enjoyed the carousel over its 65-year tenure, it was put in storage with the closure of Buckroe Beach Amusement Park in the mid-1980s. It was moved and restored at its current downtown location in Carousel Park in 1991. It still boasts its original mirrors and oil paintings, as well as 48 intricately decorated horses. Rising and falling to the strains of the original band organ, many of these carousel horses are so finely carved that the veins in their necks and legs are visible. Special hours are available for groups or special occasions.

Operated by the Hampton History Museum the Hampton Carousel is located at 602 Settlers Landing Road in Downtown Hampton.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Christmas Day.

The carousel will close for the season in January, and reopen in April 2017. Tickets on sale at the Hampton History Museum and at the Hampton Carousel. For more information, dial 757-727-1102.

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