The Carousel at Pottstown’s mission is to be a catalyst for the revitalization and continued economic and social growth of downtown Pottstown. The historic, rescued Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel mechanism, or PTC#9, was built in 1905. Upon its completion in 1905, it served as a source of entertainment in Euclid Beach in Ohio. In 1910, the carousel was sold to Laurel Spring Amusement Park in Hartford, Connecticut. After fifteen years of love and wear, the carousel was returned to the factory for maintenance and then placed in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. It was at this point that jumping animals were included to the carousel by changing the mechanisms and adding crankshafts. After the three years in Mount Gretna, the carousel was sold to Joyland Park in Lexington, Kentucky. After 19 years in Kentucky, the carousel was again sold because the Joyland Park area was being made into a residential district. The carousel found its way to Pine Grove, Pennsylvania for roughly ten years, but then was dismantled and sold.
For the last eighteen years, the Carousel at Pottstown has been under restoration. Through the volunteer services of talented artists, a menagerie of hand carved animals and beautiful chariots has been brought to life. This beautiful piece of art is the second oldest wooden carousel in the United States and is run strictly by volunteers. Admission is free, parking is free, and rides are only $2. Visit today to see this beautiful piece up close and appreciate its history. During your visit, enjoy refreshments at a beautifully restored 1865 horse drawn trolley snack bar and try your luck on some arcade games. Birthday parties at the carousel are always a hit!
The carousel is housed at the old Pottstown Metal Weld Building at 30 West King Street in Pottstown.
Hours of Operation
Saturday and Sunday:
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM