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 rides will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, during Lights of Spiegel Grove at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Sleigh and trolley rides will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26; Monday, Dec. 27; Tuesday, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 30; and Friday, Dec. 31.
Rides are by South Creek Clydesdales. The sleigh can hold up to four people. The trolley can fit 16 to 18 people.
Sleigh rides cost $5.50 per rider ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. Trolley rides are $4.50 per rider ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger.
Advance tickets 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 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 9 and at 3:45 p.m. each day rides are offered during the week after Christmas.
Riders who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 must wear a face-covering when physical distancing is not possible.
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.
If Hayes Presidential cancels the rides, refunds for the tickets will be issued. Otherwise, there are no refunds.
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 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.
The sleigh and trolley rides and Lights of Spiegel Grove, where Hayes Presidential will light the museum Christmas tree, offer evening tours of the Hayes Home, a gingerbread contest and other activities, are part of Hayes Presidential’s season of holiday events, called A Presidential Christmas. For information on these events, visit their website.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.