1. The Flying Horse Carousel
This beautiful antique carousel was built in New York in 1876, and is now the oldest operating carousel in the country. It was originally built for and used by a traveling carnival. In 1879, the carnival’s last stop was in Watch Hill, RI, where the attraction remains today.
Unlike most carousels, the Flying Horse has no wooden platform beneath the horses. Instead, the horses hang from chains. As the carousel spins faster, the horses fly out away from the center of the circle.
In the middle of each ride, a device holding metal rings is lowered for riders to grab at as they pass. The last ring is brass, and whichever rider grabs it, wins a free ride.
3. Boston Common
This beautiful 50 acre park in the heart of Boston dates back to 1634, making it the oldest city park in the country.
“Timber frame” means that this house was built, and stands today, without nails. The wood beams are held together by wooden pegs.
Elis Stenman, a Swedish immigrant and mechanical engineer, built the house (and all of its furniture inside) as a hobby. Elis and his wife, Esther, lived in Cambridge, and the couple purchased the land were the Paper House stands today to use as a summer retreat.
Approximately 100,000 copies of newspapers were used in the construction of the house and furniture. The house’s walls are a half an inch thick and made of 215 sheets of paper. Elis read three newspapers a day, he also received several donations from neighbors and friends.
This clock was built from papers collected by a neighbor. She wrote to each capital city and requested a paper for the project. Each of the then 48 states are represented.
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