The city of Brenham, has a wonderful antique carousel at Firemans’ Park. Fireman’s Park is located at 910 North Park Street, in Brenham. This carousel is the oldest carousel in Texas, according to the National Carousel Association! This antique carousel was found in a field next to a railroad track, in 1932. The horses were designed in the “county fair” style of carousel. It is a sleek style with the saddles built into the horses. They were carved to look like they are flyng with their manes and tails blown back. All of the horses bear the running martingale, which confirms they were carved by Charles Dare sometime between 1867 and 1901. This type of portable traveling carousel was built by Dare’s New York carousel company between 1867-1875. We are so proud to have it now a fixture in our Fireman’s Park in Brenham, Texas. Since the relocation, the antique carousel has been a staple for birthday parties and celebrations of all kinds. In 2005 the antique carousel was closed due to wear and tear to the hobby horses. After extensive renovation, the antique carousel was reopened in May of 2008. The carousel is housed in a 16 sided covered building built by the WPA. It is thought to be one of the few remaining like it in Texas. The building was constructed in 1935. The carousel operates March 1st through October 31st. This beautiful antique carousel is now open to the public on weekends for everyone to enjoy.
- Saturdays: 11 a.m-4 p.m.
- Sundays: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Each rider can enjoy rides for $1.00. Only small children are allowed to ride the hobby horses, but there are benches for the parents and grandparents to ride as the children ride the hobby horses!
For tours or reservations please call 979 337-7250 or learn more about the history of the carousel by visiting: www.cityofbrenham.org/parks