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Vow Bride Magazine
Spring/Summer 2009
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Southern Living Magazine
May 2009

Hampton Carousel
Take a spin on a fully restored, turn-of-the-century carousel
right in downtown Hampton!

Hampton’s restored 1920 merry-go-round has drawn thousands of visitors to the downtown Hampton waterfront. One of only 183 antique wooden carousels remaining in the United States, and of  75 built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company of Germantown, PA,  the Hampton Carousel is a rare and beautiful example of American folk art. Identified as Number 50 (the number is stamped on its center pole), the carousel was originally installed at the Buckroe Amusement Park, site of today’s Buckroe Beach Park on the Chesapeake Bay.

The carousel was maintained intact and operated each summer from 1920 to 1985,when the amusement park ceased operating. It was dismantled and stored until restoration began in 1988.  The Carousel was reassembled in the pavilion at 602 Settlers Landing Road and reopened for visitors on June 20, 1991.

The vintage merry-go-round contains its original forty-two oil paintings, thirty beveled mirrors, a Bruder Band Organ, forty-eight hand-carved wooden horses and two hand-carved wooden chariots.  The prancing steeds and stately chariots were painstakingly carved from fine-grained hardwood by master carvers Frank Carretta and Daniel C Muller and were painted by European artisans. Max Soltman is credited with the oil paintings and Gus Weiss with the scenery panels and fixture details.  The carousel is a whirling tribute to its creators; its intricately decorated horses are so finely carved that the veins in their necks and legs are visible.  They festively rise and fall to the strains of recorded organ music and to the delight of all who take a ride.

 

Tickets

• $2 Per Ride
• Carousel Ride Pass: 25 rides for $2
5 - Best Value!
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• Ultimate Ride Pass (Multi-Ride Punch Card) $15
Click here for other Virginia Air & Space Center rides

Operating Hours for 2014

 

May 23 - September 1*, 2014
Monday - Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

*May 31 - June 1, 2014: Blackbeard Festival Weekend
Saturday, May 31: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

September 2-4: Closed

September 5, 6 & 7: Bay Days Weekend
Friday, 9/5: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9/6: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 9/7: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed for winter
beginning September 8

Carousel will re-open for the Spring on April 3, 2015

Note: Carousel will open for advance bookings
and special events on closed days.


Group discounts are available. Special hours are available for groups or
special occasions. Please contact us at 757-727-0900 ext. 780 for
Group Bookings or ext. 718 for Special Events.

The Carousel is located in Downtown Hampton. Take I-64 to exit 267.
For more information call the Virginia Air & Space Center at (757) 727-0900.

Tickets may be purchased at the carousel or at the Virginia Air & Space Center.
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