Running anvil carriage museum

Running anvil carriage museum Old memorabilia from grays harbor horse drawn buggies an slays .wagon's. Matchbooks an tokens
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03/25/2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances 😥(the virus)
Mom has decided to close the museum till this virus passes.
So very sorry..
I'll keep you informed when they open again ❤️ stay safe

I just ran across this, it might already be in a post🤔😊http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/11/18/restore-surrey-aberdeen...
10/28/2019
Doug and Janet Rice Donate Use of Antique Surrey to Aberdeen High School Production of "Oklahoma!" - GraysHarborTalk

I just ran across this, it might already be in a post🤔😊
http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/11/18/restore-surrey-aberdeen-musical/

Facebook128Tweet0Pin0   Submitted by Dee Anne Shaw Aberdeen High School’s production of Oklahoma!, the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, opens Friday and thanks to Doug and Janet Rice of Montesano, a real “surrey with a fringe on top” will take the stage, too. “The Surrey with the Fring...

12/31/2018

The friendly folks at Running Anvil Carriage Museum in Montesano, Wa wish you all a very safe and Happy New Year🎉🎊

SOLID 1880 SURRY WITH FRINGE ON TOP ALL RESTORED,WHEELS REBUILT SOLID AND NEW RUBBER..SEATS SIX,,POLE WITH DOUBLE AND SI...
03/30/2018

SOLID 1880 SURRY WITH FRINGE ON TOP ALL RESTORED,WHEELS REBUILT SOLID AND NEW RUBBER..SEATS SIX,,POLE WITH DOUBLE AND SINGLE TREE _READY_TO__GOOOO___
5000 obo

Janet or doug rice
No computer so you can call for more info
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02/09/2018

I was heading to the carriage house to take a picture of something and decided to video dad's wagon 💖

People can still go out in the winter😊 most all the stuff is indoorsThey've had  people out lately a couple different gr...
01/29/2018
Running Anvil Carriage Museum | Museums of Grays Harbor

People can still go out in the winter😊 most all the stuff is indoors
They've had people out lately a couple different groups 💗
https://www.graysharbormuseums.org/running-anvil-carriage-museum/

RUNNING ANVIL CARRIAGE MUSEUM A 10 minute drive outside of Montesano, along winding country roads, you’ll find a hidden gem: a collection of over 30 restored carriages! These horse-drawn beauties and buggies are tucked away in multiple buildings. Get a tour from the owners and restorers themselves...

I've shared this before but it's worth another share.. mom an dad's place😉http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2014/05/15/hist...
09/25/2017
History on Wheels at the Running Anvil Carriage Museum in Montesano - GraysHarborTalk

I've shared this before but it's worth another share.. mom an dad's place😉
http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2014/05/15/history-wheels-running-anvil-carriage-museum-montesano/

  By Chelsea Royer Well over a century ago, a newspaper foreman named J. E. Calder travelled from Tacoma to the budding town of Montesano. With only 75 cents in his pocket, Calder refused to spend a third of his money on a 25-cent shave at the local barber shop. As a result, he vowed …

05/14/2017

Well mom an dad are having the museum tour on june 3rd an are going to have the push rods up on june 11th plus I guess the rods are hosting another group of cars that will b up there😊 so if you want to join in on the fun an cars or the tour .. I'll post more info as I get it 😊

12/14/2016

Dad (Doug rice) is looking for some kinda lever action rifle. It can b a replica or toy that looks real... cheap to go on his covered wagon he's making...
If u know of one u can call him. 3602493645

09/27/2016

Well this last weekend mom an dad had about 6 model A cars up to visit the museum😆. Was a fun day 😉 I'll post pics later ☺

05/02/2015

Well mom and dad are getting about 20 people at their carriage house so if you're thinking about going now would be the time to go doors are open probably around 1230

http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2014/05/15/history-wheels-running-anvil-carriage-museum-montesano/By Chelsea Royergrays h...
01/03/2015
History on Wheels at the Running Anvil Carriage Museum in Montesano - GraysHarborTalk

http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2014/05/15/history-wheels-running-anvil-carriage-museum-montesano/

By Chelsea Royer

grays harbor tourismWell over a century ago, a newspaper foreman named J. E. Calder travelled from Tacoma to the budding town of Montesano. With only 75 cents in his pocket, Calder refused to spend a third of his money on a 25-cent shave at the local barber shop. As a result, he vowed never to shave again and was, for the rest of his life, trademarked by his long beard. By the 1930s, Calder had achieved the founding of the Vidette newspaper office and become the mayor of Montesano.

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Doug and Janet Rice share a lifetime of passion for horses, carriages, and history.
Calder’s life was marked by the developing newspaper and by the welcoming of President Franklin Roosevelt in front of the Montesano Post Office. After Calder’s eventful life, it is no surprise that the Vidette newspaper continues on today. But less expected is to know that Calder’s “trap” – a small, open carriage – is preserved for viewing at the Running Anvil Carriage Museum.

The Calder trap is a glimpse into the life of a very influential man who helped shape the town of Montesano. It helps you visualize what life must have been like for him during a period of quickly changing history. But the Calder trap is only one of many peeks into yesteryear within the Running Anvil Museum.

The Running Anvil has an astonishing variety of carriages, traps, historical matchbooks and paraphernalia. Most of the carriages come from Grays Harbor County such as the “Donovan Carriage” from the owner of Donovan Logging in Aberdeen, farm wagons from more remote parts of the Harbor, and enclosed carriages from doctors and vetrinarians. Each piece has a story and sometimes accompanying accessories. Resting on a wagon seat lies a gift from the renowned Indian Chief, “Sitting Bull” – a Buffalo robe seven feet square. A weathered note and photo document the robe and add yet another dimension to the history of former Grays Harbor residents.

Janet and Doug Rice, owners of the Running Anvil, have been horse people since their youths. Competing in dressage, cross country, and racing, they have also bred horses and travelled across the states. Horses are their passion and now in retirement, they’ve channelled that passion into the refurbishing of historical carriages. Some pieces they’ve discovered have needed only a little time and effort, others, they’ve received in pieces.

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The Running Anvil Museum features different carriages and local history.
The Brittain Farm Wagon, for example, came out of Humptulips as a pile of old wood, metal, and a couple of wheels. Using a photo from 1970 when the wagon was in better shape, Rice was able to recreate the piece using the original metal and new lumber. Two of the wheels were also salvageable. Some of their carriages are on loan from friends, and some of them are garnished with beautiful paintings from local artists, giving new interest to an already beautiful piece.

The Rice’s began collecting carriages by fluke. Some they’ve hunted down, some have been given to them, and some have been purchased. Now after decades of collecting, the Rice’s are running out of space. One carriage house was expanded, a chicken coop was converted, and two outer buildings with plexi-glass house the carriages they couldn’t fit in the main building.

If you were to truly admire each piece and hear about the lives behind them, the tour would easily take two hours or more of your time. And the Rice’s are happy to take that space out of their day to educate people about the history and beauty of Grays Harbor County. To top off the experience, the Rice’s don’t charge a dime. By inkling or by appointment, the Rice’s cheerfully guide visitors through their outbuildings and delightfully narrate as you go along.

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The Running Anvil Museum has hundreds of matchbooks on display.
Exciting as the history is, there is something especially charming about the fact that many of the carriages under the Rice’s care have received a second life. Some have been used in local weddings, carting the bride and groom away behind the smooth trot of the Rice’s trained carriage horse. Others have been photographed for magazines or used in parades.

The Rice’s possess a pride and willingness to share the local history they’ve collected. Refusing to keep the antique treasures to themselves, the couple has done a beautiful job of preserving history for many generations to come. As with the story of Calder, the Rice’s provide a tangible way of relating to the lives of those gone before.

The Running Anvil Museum can be found at 445 Black Creek Road in Montesano and is open seven days a week. You can call for more information at (360) 249-3645.

  By Chelsea Royer Well over a century ago, a newspaper foreman named J. E. Calder travelled from Tacoma to the budding town of Montesano. With only 75 cents in his pocket, Calder refused to spend a third of his money on a 25-cent shave at the local barber shop. As a result, he vowed …

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10/24/2014
Running Anvil Carriage House in the Western Washington area on the Best of Western Washington

Thanks for voting for them. Dad gets excited when I show him where he is in the standings. 85yrs old an still going. Building another building for more things. Pics to come

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10/19/2014
Dani L. voted Running Anvil Carriage House BEST Museum

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Address

445 Black Creek Rd
Montesano, WA
98563

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

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(360) 249-3645

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