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The Pebble Hill Collection of Antique Carriages

Nick Bottka, retired physicist, Taylor Littlefield, Ball State University senior history major, and Nathanial Powers, UGA graduate with a degree in English, have spent this very hot summer working together and sharing a passion—a passion for restoring to their original beauty, the wagons, carriages, buggies and other horse drawn vehicles that reside in the Pebble Hill Carriage Room.

It all started in the summer of 2010 when Taylor and PHP’s Barbara Cohenour decided to clean up the Carriage Room. That little cleanup led to an extensive research project into the plantation’s collection of vintage horse drawn vehicles. Stables Manager Brenda Singletary was intrigued by all the activity, checked in regularly to watch the progress, and then came up with the idea that a special carriage be refurbished and designated the official transport for bridal parties. Taylor volunteered to refinish the charming spring wagon that Brenda felt would be just right behind our beautiful black Percherons. Nathanial stepped up to the plate and joined in on the renovation project. By the end of last summer, the spring wagon was dazzling and research finished on all carriages in the collection. Brides were riding in style; sheets with historical background and other information were attached to all carriages.

Summer 2011 came, Taylor returned from his junior year at Ball State, Nathanial was still working at Pebble Hill, so the team decided to get back together and tackle more of the Pebble Hill carriages. Nick Bottka’s wife Liesa, a relatively new docent at Pebble Hill, encouraged Nick to just come along one day and explore the plantation. Nick ran across Taylor and Nathanial working, and he was hooked. The team of two carriage guys became a team of three. All summer long, in the 100 degree heat, the three worked, repairing, sanding, painting, staining, etc., to bring the carriages back to their original splendor.

1930 PHP carriage in use

Though the guys refinished a number of carriages, their most historically significant one was the hunt wagon that Miss Pansy preferred above all others. This wagon was also technically their most challenging as it required repairing the undercarriage in addition to refurbishing the exterior.

Make sure you see our beautiful collection of vintage carriages the next time you visit Pebble Hill.

 

Nick Bottka, retired physicist, Taylor Littlefield, Ball State University senior history major, and Nathanial Powers, UGA graduate with a degree in English, have spent this very hot summer working together and sharing a passion—a passion for restoring to their original beauty, the wagons, carriages, buggies and other horse drawn vehicles that reside in the Pebble Hill Carriage Room.

 

It all started in the summer of 2010 when Taylor and PHP’s Barbara Cohenour decided to clean up the Carriage Room.  That little cleanup led to an extensive research project into the plantation’s collection of vintage horse drawn vehicles. Stables Manager Brenda Singletary was intrigued by all the activity, checked in regularly to watch the progress, and then came up with the idea that a special carriage be refurbished and designated the official transport for bridal parties.  Taylor volunteered to refinish the charming spring wagon that Brenda felt would be just right behind our beautiful black Percherons.   Nathanial stepped up to the plate and joined in on the renovation project.  By the end of last summer, the spring wagon was dazzling and research finished on all carriages in the collection.  Brides were riding in style; sheets with historical background and other information were attached to all carriages.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Summer 2011 came, Taylor returned from his junior year at Ball State, Nathanial was still working at Pebble Hill, so the team decided to get back together and tackle more of the Pebble Hill carriages.  Nick Bottka’s wife Liesa, a relatively new docent at Pebble Hill, encouraged Nick to just come along one day and explore the plantation.  Nick ran across Taylor and Nathanial working, and he was hooked.  The team of two carriage guys became a team of three.  All summer long, in the 100 degree heat, the three worked, repairing, sanding, painting, staining, etc., to bring the carriages back to their original splendor.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Though the guys refinished a number of carriages, their most historically significant one was the hunt wagon that Miss Pansy preferred above all others.  This wagon was also technically their most challenging as it required repairing the undercarriage in addition to refurbishing the exterior.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Make sure you see our beautiful collection of vintage carriages the next time you visit Pebble Hill.

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