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 included everything from milkman carts to luxurious sleighs used by the Vanderbilt family to funeral hearses to the inaugural coach used by President Teddy Roosevelt.

Interpretive displays share fascinating details of these remarkable vehicles. Accessories used by travel 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 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.

Many carriages are in driving condition and are suitable to use in parades, weddings, movies, and other events. Contact us for more information.

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.