Wagon Land Adventure : Collections
Object ID:
WG 2011-001
Object Name:
Abbott & Downing Picnic Wagon
This Picnic Wagon was built by the famous Abbot & Downing Co. in Concord, New Hampshire. The Company employed thorough braces under their stagecoaches which gave the ride of the stagecoaches a swinging motion instead of the jolting up and down of spring suspension. This wagon has three leather upholstered seats. The wooden wagon dash is curved in a flowing upward and out like many sleighs. The top is cotton duck and has side curtains that roll down in inclement weather. It has a nice yellow running gear with a dark green body. It has very nice extensive pin striping throughout the gear and body of the wagon.

It was owned by the Spread Eagle Tavern. Will Rhodes commissioned the historic Spread Eagle Tavern to be built along Plymouth Street in Hanover, Ohio in the year 1837. Said to have been erected by canal artisans that were thrown out of work by the Bank Panic of 1837, the tavern is known, still today as one of the area's finest examples of Federal Period architecture. The three floors,
eleven rooms and twelve fireplaces inside indeed were taken directly from the works of the renowned late 18th Century architect Asher Benjamin, whose pattern books depict many of the fine raised-wood window and door casings, fluted column frames and intricately
carved mantles that are seen throughout the tavern. This Tavern and Inn is still in business today.
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