Ride through Spiegel Grove in a horse-drawn sleigh

Dec 23, 2019 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

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With impressive South Creek Clydesdales in harness, horse-drawn sleigh rides will be featured on Dec. 26-31 at Spiegel Grove in Fremont.

Ride through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes in a horse-drawn sleigh, as Hayes did when he lived here. South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn sleigh and trolley rides from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26,  through Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
Sleigh rides are $5.50 and free for ages 2 and younger. Trolley rides are $4.50 and free for ages 2 and younger. Up to 400 people can be accommodated per day. Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are taken.

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the museum building the days of the events.

The sleigh holds about four people. The trolley can hold 16-18 people. The trolley could be offered in place of the sleigh, depending on demand and South Creek Clydesdales’ staff availability.

Rides will be offered whether or not there is snow. However, if the wind chill is below zero or there are thunderstorms, rides will be canceled. For updates, visit rbhayes.org or Hayes Presidential’s social media pages.

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.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.

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