The Thrasher Carriage collection is a rare and extensive collection of horse-drawn vehicles dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection includes everything from milkman carts to luxurious sleighs used by the Vanderbilt family; from funeral hearses to the inaugural coach used by President Teddy Roosevelt.

Accessories such as hitches, saddles, bearskin lap robes, charcoal foot warmers, lanterns, and more offer a glimpse into America’s transportation lifestyle before the advent of the automobile.

The Thrasher is a satellite facility of the Allegany Museum, and is located at the terminus of the Scenic Railroad and is a stopping place on the Great Allegheny Passage.

This remarkable collection was once the private collection of James Richard Thrasher (1913 – 1987). Thrasher avidly collected and restored carriages, traveling all over the United States in order to purchase carriages from private collections, auctions, and estate sales.

The Museum is at 19 Depot Street, Frostburg, MD. It is open 12:30– 2:30 p.m. during the following times of the year:

May: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

June, July, and August: Thursday through Sunday

September: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

November: Saturdays and Sundays, and November 29th (the day after Thanksgiving)

December: Saturday and Sunday

The Thrasher Collection is closed from December 22nd until May 1st.

Horse-drawn sleigh constructed for the Vanderbilts
Horse-drawn milk cart