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Historic Carousel to Offer Free Rides and More for National Carousel Day

The Historic Hampton Carousel celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020 (courtesy of the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau)

HAMPTON — On Sunday, July 25, guests will be able to enjoy free rides on Hampton’s historic carousel in honor of National Carousel Day.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the museum will not only be offering free rides on the historic Hampton Carousel, but also commemorative coins, courtesy of the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau, that were specially minted for the carousel’s 100th anniversary, which occurred in 2020. The metal coins are colorfully painted featuring a trio of carousel horses on one side and the city’s seal on the other. These will only be available while supplies last.

A commemorative coin will be handed out (as supplies last) to guests who visit the Historic Hampton Carousel for National Carousel Day on Sunday, July 25, 2021 (courtesy of Hampton History Museum)

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The carousel, which used to be a focal point at the now-defunct Buckroe Beach Amusement Park, was built in 1920 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. After the park was closed, the carousel and its hand carved horses were eventually restored and, in 1991, placed in a weather-protected pavilion, located at 602 Settlers Landing Rd. It remains one of only 170 antique wooden carousels in the United States.

The Historic Hampton Carousel was located at Buckroe Beach Amusement Park until the park’s closure in 1985. (Courtesy of Hampton History Museum)

For more information, call the Hampton Visitor Center at (757)727-1102 or visit the website for Hampton History Museum.



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