The Carousel Is Taking Shape

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2016 progress collage

16 years. 16 years of planning and changing plans. 16 years of building, taking apart and rebuilding. 16 years of painting and cleaning and fundraising and late nights followed by early mornings. 16 years ... and it's almost done. I'll admit it - the first time I saw the Carousel fully lit, the animals leaping high as they spun past, I got a bit choked up. This was the dream. And now it's becoming a reality.

There were days, even months, when I wondered if this carousel project was ever going to come together. Such a massive undertaking by a very small group of inexperienced volunteers on a shoestring budget. Many would consider those odds too great to even try. But the volunteers on the Carousel at Pottstown knew better. They looked past the odds and focused on the goal. Each one brought their talents, their vision, and their lion-hearted dedication to meet the challenges head on, finding creative solutions to overcome them.

The Carousel at Pottstown organization has received the state license to operate the carousel. There are still a few animals to finish painting so that they can be mounted on the platform, ready to ride. The building has had extensive renovations in the last year, including replacing the overhead doors and some windows, running a water line and installing restrooms, sanding and polish the cement floor and, installing a brand new electrical system. A new HVAC unit is in place and we are waiting for the ductwork to be built. It won't be long until we will be permitted to open our doors!


Unpainted animals Artists Tools - Paint and BrushesDeer RowClose up of Lion's head

From the first sanding of the raw wood to the final coat of varnish, each animal takes a minimum of 250 hours of labor to complete. Each of the 50 animals and 2 chariots can be considered its own masterpiece.

Random Pile of Parts to Start the ProjectThe Center Pole and GearsCarousel Near the Finish

What was once just a pile of parts - with no instructions - is slowly transforming into an incredible work of art. Our restored antique mechanism is appraised at over $1.3 million. The restoration is being accomplished through donations and volunteered services.

Lease is Signed on 30 W. King StConstruction begins on Phase 1, The Bump Out
The carousel's new home, the former Pottstown Metal Weld Building was purchased by the Borough of Pottstown. The property, across from Memorial Park, was purchased utilizing Montgomery County Open Space funds. The carousel group is leasing the property for $1/year and is renovating and expanding the building to house its historic Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel.

The Carousel At Pottstown was officially incorporated October 10, 2000 and received 501©3 status from the IRS as a non-profit charitable organization.

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Pottstown Carousel
PO Box 681., Pottstown, PA 19464
P: (610) 323-6099

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