When Horses Ruled The Roads

Written by admin@herberton

January 3, 2021

Coach House

When horses ruled the roads – up until the turn of last century – they needed a place to house and store all manner of horse drawn vehicles. Historic Village Herberton has a curious collection with names that conjure up the past – cradle shaft sulky, piano box buggy, buckboard wagon and hooded pony phaeton (a sporty open carriage, since you asked).

The coach house was an essential in any town, or settlement and the farrier’s workshop wouldn’t be far away, keeping the horse power as well maintained as what it pulled.

The village’s Coach House is also home to a magnificent century old hearse, complete with glass sides and a grand canopy topped with black ostrich feather plumes and pulled by two white steeds. It’s called going out in style.

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