After the flurry of activity last week here at the KY Horse Park, and the resulting flurry of CDE-related posts here on the blog, I think it’s time to return to some carriage- and driving-related history, don’t you?

A.J.’s been reading a book about the founding of the U.S. Navy (Six Frigates, by Ian W. Toll), and he found this tidbit at the beginning of Chapter 3:

“On Saturday, March 4, 1797, the morning skies above Philadelphia were overcast and gray. John Adams, the newly elected president of the United States, left his lodgings at the St. Francis Hotel a little before noon and climbed into the new carriage he had recently purchased for a price of $1,500. The carriage, he told Abigail, was elegant enough for a president, but it was distinctly unpretentious when compared to his predecessor’s [George Washington’s] luxurious coach, which had been pulled through the streets of the capital by a team of six horses and attended by liveried foot servants. Adams satisfied himself with two horses who were ‘young, but clever.'”