October 15, 2016

Berkshire Coaching Weekend 2016

The next time you’re in New England to see the changing autumn leaves, try to plan a trip to Stockbridge, Massachusetts for the Berkshire Coaching Weekend - it’s a wonderful way to relive the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, and to see some of the elegant horse-drawn carriages that became so popular for sporting ladies and gentlemen during that time.

I love carriage riding, and have collected quite a few antique coaches of my own, so I was very excited to participate on one of the Coaching rides, with my friends Harvey and Mary Waller. Harvey is the president of the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society, which hosts the three-day event. Our ride originated at the Wallers’ Orleton Farm, and went through the idyllic town of Stockbridge. Along the way, spectators lined up to wave and see the stunning horses pulling their perfectly polished and meticulously restored carriages.

But first, we took a wonderful tour through their stable, where they house about 40-coaches, including one named “Old Times” built in 1866. Here are some photos from a very interesting and enjoyable day in the Berkshires - enjoy.