AMESBURY – Looking to promote the region’s history as a center of the carriage industry, the Amesbury Carriage Museum will be recognizing homeowners who have original carriage barns on their property and have helped keep them in a recognizable state over the years.
Ann Miles, the president of the Carriage Museum, said the museum will be accepting nominations over the next few weeks of beautiful carriage barns that are either in their original state or have been refurbished in some capacity.
“Ideally we’d like people to nominate beautiful carriage barns in their neighborhoods,” Miles said, adding that the contest would be open to residents from throughout the area and not just Amesbury.
Nominated barns will fall under one of three categories. One category would be for barns in their original state, another would be for barns that have been restored and the last would be for barns that have been renovated.
“I’m looking for a carriage barn that’s been restored but hasn’t been butchered, it’s been integrated into the house where you know it’s a unique structure, it blends into the house and neighborhood and it’s architecturally sound,” Miles said of the refurbished or restored barns.
“As for buildings in original condition, I don’t even know if we’ll find one,” she continued. “But if you can find one that still has a carriage and the horses stalls within the original structure, that would be perfect.”
Miles said the three winners would be announced at the Carriage Museum’s annual meeting on Aug. 15, and the winners would each get plaques to put on their carriage barn as a way to commend their efforts in maintaining the barn over a long period of time.
“It’s simply to acknowledge people who remember their past and treasure, who understand the importance of these structures,” she said. “We’d like to applaud the efforts of those who have maintained or restored these structures.”
Residents who are familiar with a carriage barn in their area that could be a contender are encouraged to submit nomination papers to the museum. Miles said people can drop off information with the Chamber of Commerce, or they can write to the museum at PO Box 252 in Amesbury.
“We just need to have the address, a picture of the exterior of the carriage house and the owner’s name and telephone number,” Miles said.
There is no entrance fee and the competition is open to all local residents. For more information, contact the Amesbury Carriage Museum at 603-378-0140.