Horse Tradin’

The first few months of this year have been especially exciting in the museum world (my other ‘job’), beginning with a first ever collaboration between our little hometown Woodstock Museum & the much much larger Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester.  Our museum loaned MSV artifacts for an exhibit on Woodstock photographer Hugh Morrison, Jr, which will be on display through July 3rd, 2011.  In exchange, today MSV delivered to the Woodstock Museum a wonderful 1890’s hand carved wooden carousel horse, said to have been made just southwest of town by James Sheetz.  This merry-go-round stallion wears an eye-poppin’ paint job from the 1980’s that makes you want to jump on & RIDE!  So, wouldn’t you know, what does my Pennsylvania picker bring me?  An 1880’s rocking horse!!  It’s the continuing saga of life’s little coincidences I’m learning to expect & enjoy.  Take a peek at the websites for the two museums:  &  Then take a look at my rocking horse:


Postscript:  April 7th continued to be a day of horse tradin’…the rocking horse sold soon after I posted this blog.  Yee-haw!

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