The Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest operating platform carousel in America and it is located in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The exact date of its construction is not known, but it previously resided at Coney Island before moving to Martha’s Vineyard in the 1880s. It was sold to Joseph Turnell in 1896 and he was the man who named the carousel, “The Flying Horses Carousel.” It is one of the few carousel remaining that still has brass rings for the riders to attempt to grab as the ride rotates. It was originally powered by steam, but was converted to electricity in 1900. It is powered by a 10-horsepower motor that is in the building’s basement. The artwork on the carousel is believed to have been designed by the Charles W.F. Dare Company, which did work on other major carousels towards the end of the nineteenth century. The carousel became a member of the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was elected a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
Flying Horses Carousel
15 Oak Bluffs Avenue
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557
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