FREMONT – This holiday season, ride through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes in a horse-drawn sleigh, as the president did when he lived there, or a horse-drawn trolley.
Sleigh and trolley rides will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 26 -Dec. 31. Rides are by South Creek Clydesdales. The sleigh can hold up to four people. The trolley can fit 16 to 18 people.
The sleigh rides are a long-standing holiday tradition at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. President Rutherford B. Hayes often rode in a horse-drawn sleigh and noted his excursions and how much he enjoyed them in his diaries, which are kept in the Hayes Presidential Library.
The rides are a nostalgic trip through the beautiful wooded estate, past the historic Victorian Hayes Home and down Lover’s Lane, a favorite pine-tree lined spot on the grounds.
Sleigh rides cost $7 per rider ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. Trolley rides are $6 per rider ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger.
Advance tickets for the sleigh are recommended. Tickets will also be sold the days of the rides at the museum front desk, pending availability. In-person sleigh and trolley ticket sales end at 3:45 p.m. each day the rides are offered.
Rides will take place whether or not there is snow. However, if the wind chill is below 15 degrees, or there are thunderstorms, rides will be canceled. For updates, visit rbhayes.org or Hayes Presidential’s social media pages.
If Hayes Presidential cancels the rides, refunds for the tickets will be issued. Otherwise, there are no refunds.
Sleigh and trolley rides are sponsored by GEM Service Rudolph Libbe Group. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.