Sleigh rides through Spiegel Grove offered Presidentsí Day weekend

Celebrate Presidents’ Day by riding in a horse-drawn sleigh or trolley through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn sleigh and trolley rides from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18, at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Cost is $4.50 per rider ages 3 and older and free for riders 2 and younger.

Tickets can be purchased in the museum and library building on the days rides are offered. Rides are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to 400 people can be accommodated each day. No reservations are taken.

The trolley, which can hold 16-18 people, could be used in addition to or in place of the sleigh, which holds four people, depending on demand and South Creek Clydesdales’ staff availability.

Rides will be offered whether or not there is snow. However, if the wind chill is zero or below zero or there are thunderstorms, rides will be canceled. For updates, visit rbhayes.org and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ social media pages. 

Sleigh rides were one of President Hayes’ favorite activities. He often rode in a horse-drawn sleigh and noted his excursions and how much he enjoyed them in his diaries, which are kept in the Hayes Presidential Library.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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