Thrasher Carriage Collection

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

Interpretive displays share fascinating details of these remarkable vehicles. 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 19 Depot Street, Frostburg, MD. The museum is 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.

Please note that the hours for visiting the Thrasher Carriage collection are 12:30 p.m. – 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: Saturday and Sunday and November 29th (the day after Thanksgiving)
December: Saturday and Sunday
The Thrasher Collection is closed from December 22nd until May 1st.

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This tour was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority & Passages of the Western Potomac Heritage Area.