This holiday season celebrate with a ride through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes in a horse-drawn sleigh, as the president did when he lived there.
South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn sleigh and horse-drawn trolley rides through Spiegel Grove during some of its “A Presidential Christmas” events before and after Christmas at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Rides will be offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, during Hayes Presidential’s new holiday event, “A Presidential Christmas: Tree Lighting, Sleigh Rides and “Hayes Train Special.”
Rides will again be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26; Sunday, Dec. 27; Tuesday, Dec. 29; Thursday, Dec. 31; and Saturday, Jan. 2. The cost for the sleigh is $5.50 per rider ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. The cost for the trolley is $4.50 per rider age 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger.
New this year, Hayes Presidential is selling pre-sale sleigh and trolley tickets online at rbhayes.org.
Tickets will also be sold at the front desk the days of the events, pending availability. During events the week after Christmas, in-person sleigh and trolley ticket sales will end at 3:45 p.m. each day.
The sleigh can hold up to four people. This year, Hayes Presidential plans to limit the sleigh rides to one household group.
The trolley offers room for physical distancing and can hold up to eight people. Trolley riders can be from different household groups, but household groups are asked to sit apart from other riders. All riders must wear a face-covering.
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.