MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Flying Horses …


The Flying Horses are housed in this building at the intersection of Circuit and Lake Aves in Oak Bluffs.  They came to the Island in 1884 from Coney Island.  I did a post awhile ago telling more about them, you can read that by clicking here.

The Flying Horses are not a carousel, or a merry-go-round, they don’t go up and down just round and round. They are flying horses, like Pegasus, and fly to wherever you can imagine them to.  They don’t actually have wings, but as you make the first circuit you feel like you’re about to fly out the open windows.  Look closely at the horse’s eyes, inside each one is a tiny hand carved animal.

I flew on these beautiful horses every day when I was a little girl.  The ticket taker was a young man who would never take my tickets !  We tried everything to get him to take them… we brought him candy and cookies and tried slipping the tickets in with them… nothing work.  At the end of the summer I said I wanted to buy him a gift, so off my mom and I went to purchase what I thought was a novel idea .. a tie.  I was 5 years old, what did I know about buying gifts for men… he, by the way was about 13 but in my eyes he was a grown up.  We put the tie in the box with all of summer’s uncollected tickets.  As he came around to NOT collect my ticket I handed him the box.  He smiled.  Ah ha, success… or so I thought.  As we were leaving the Flying Horses he came over and thanked us for the tie and as we turned to leave he handed us the tickets.  I won’t say who he is, just that he turned out to be an official in Oak Bluffs in later years… and someone I’ve never forgotten.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Flying Horses …

  1. i love this……i too remember a carousel from my childhood…..back in phoenix there was a mall(?) called *tower plaza* and the food court was called *the carousel* and they actually had a working carousel…..i don’t remember the horses going up and down, just around and around….i too, rode it every day… was right next to the ice rink that i skated at….. what a wonderful memory you brought back!!!!

  2. and what a wonderful person that young man was…… God remembers too….

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