Flying Horse Carousel

Also known as: Watch Hill Carousel, Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round
Bay St., Westerly, Rhode Island


Street View 


Dating from about 1876, this is the oldest carousel of its type, in which the horses are suspended from a center frame, and may be the oldest extant carousel in the United States. It is one of two intact examples of the work of the Charles W.F. Dare Company of New York City, one of the major carousel manufacturers. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 27, 1987

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 1980
Reference number
Areas of significance
Art; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Outdoor recreation
Current function
Outdoor recreation
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1876
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett