New Feature: Piece of History

The great thing about this house and property is the history that it encompasses.  As we spend more time there and peel back the layers, we have started to find a number of pieces of that history that have remained here.  The following photo was taken on the main level of the garage:

So, what is it?

The garage actually not truly a garage, but a carriage house.  These outbuildings existed for storing horse-drawn carriages and tack.  While I cannot be exactly sure, my time working for the Girl Scout camp’s horseback riding program leads me to believe that this was used for holding tack (the horseshoe helps, too).  Since there’s no support for the pommel and it’s about six feet off the ground, I don’t think it would have held a saddle (saddles can weigh upwards of 40 pounds).  But the hook on the front is definitely for hanging the bridle, and I would guess that an English saddle blanket could have been stored over the wooden bar.  While this may be getting into wild speculation territory, it’s possible that a coordinating saddle rack would have been under this rack and was just removed at some point.

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About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on February 25, 2011, in Carriage House, Piece of History Files and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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