Horse drawn buggy built more than 100 years ago returns to its ‘home’ in Miami County

Horse drawn buggy built more than 100 years ago returns to its ‘home’ in Miami County
Horse drawn buggy. (Steve Baker/WHIO)

PLEASANT HILL, Miami County — A horse drawn buggy designed and built more than 100 years ago in Pleasant Hill, Miami County, returned “home” Friday afternoon.

A family in northern Ohio found this wagon in the barn of a deceased relative. They discovered it was manufactured in Pleasant Hill. It was the family goal to donate it back to the village where the wagon was built. They found Pleasant Hill, Ohio.

Little did the northern Ohio family know that Pleasant Hill has a local museum. The board of directors welcomed the donated wagon with open arms.

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The buggy, called a Roundabout, was delivered Friday afternoon.

It was built by the Jesse Beery Company of Pleasant Hill. It was designed so that it cannot turn short enough to upset it. A promotional booklet described the buggy as “guaranteed first class in workmanship and material throughout.”

In the early 1900s, the cost of this first-class roundabout, complete with shaft and steel tires, was $85.

The hope of the local trustees of the Pleasant Hill History Center Museum is to have the buggy restored and displayed in their museum.

As one local trustees said, “it’s going to take a lot of cookie sales to raise the funds to restore it.”