The Northwest Carriage Museum, located on the Willapa River in Raymond, Washington, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022. Special events and activities will take place throughout the year, including an anniversary party on September 3, with half-price admission, refreshments and more. Each visitor will also receive a commemorative button.
The Northwest Carriage Museum is home to one of the finest collections of impeccably restored Victorian-era horse-drawn carriages in the country. Among the vehicles are a hearse, a stagecoach, a chuck wagon, and a Shelburne Landau carriage, which is memorable from the film “Gone with the Wind.”
The curators, Laurie Bowman and her husband Jerry Bowman, a skilled craftsman and historian who has taken on restoration and maintenance, have grown a private collection of 21 carriages to 61 horse-drawn vehicles and thousands of period artifacts.
The Northwest Carriage Museum shares a campus with the Seaport Museum, Elixir Coffee and Alder + Co—a new artisan market. A kayak launch and outfitter, Willapa Paddle Adventures, are a block away.
The museum prides itself on keeping Raymond and American history alive. For more information on the Northwest Carriage Museum or to arrange a group tour, please visit nwcarriagemuseum.org. For information about visiting Raymond and vicinity, go to visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.