“Art defines a community” –Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips
The goal is to build and operate a menagerie-style carousel featuring all hand-carved wooden animals and chariots on a refurbished machine that is totally unique and iconic to Kingsport.
The machine (frame) is a 1956 3-row Herschell designed for 32 animals and 2 chariots. The frame was a gift to the Kingsport Carousel Project by the Beardsley Zoo of Bridgeport, CT.
The carousel animals include traditional horses as well as wild animals, a dragon and a unicorn. The carousel will be housed in an enclosed structure for year-round operation, with a gift shop and a demonstration carving studio. It will be located in the vicinity of the Kingsport Farmers Market.
For more information on the Kingsport Carousel Project click here: