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Upcoming Event: Horse and Cutter Rides, Valentine's Weekend - 2022

Updated: Feb 5, 2022

The Fluvanna Community Historical Society (FCHS) is "teaming"-up with our friends at Cracker Jack Farms to give our community the experience of how people in the1800s traveled during the winter. Get ready to learn more about the horse and "cutter" and bundle up for sleigh rides ... Read below to learn more:

A reproduction of a Currier & Ives winter landscape painting with fields, woods and a house in the background and a man and woman in a small sleigh drawn by two horses in the foreground. The lithograph is labeled as "The Road, Winter" and was produced in 1853.   It depicts Nathaniel Currier and his wife in their favorite sleigh. Currier was so pleased with the image that he added it to the collection of images offered by the firm.
"Dashing through the snow, in a two horse cutter ... or sleigh?"

What's a "cutter"?

The #horse and #cutter was a common means of transportation in the nineteenth century during the winter months. A "cutter" is simply a small #sleigh drawn by horse or #horses. They were faster, more convenient and easier to maneuver than the larger, bulkier sleighs. The story of the rebuilding of Fluvanna’s current Meeting House, in the mid-nineteenth century, features a horse and cutter. More to come about this story, cutters and how people in the 1800s traveled during the winter in upcoming posts.

A close-up picture of brown horse tethered to a hitching rail, wearing jingle bells and lightly covered with snow which is falling all around.

Horse and "Cutter" Rides:

We're happy to announce that FCHS is “teaming” up with our friends at Cracker Jack Farms to give our community the experience of what it was like to travel via horse and cutter. The last weekend in February, we’ll offer rides starting at our historic Meeting House. If there is not enough snow, no worries! We'll still offer carriage rides, pictures with our authentic nineteenth century cutter, walks through the Fluvanna Park and, no matter what, sweets and chocolates to eat (or share with a loved one).

Save the dates on your calendar. Children are welcome so long as a parent or guardian signs a waiver. We’ll post more details in the coming weeks and let you know how you can book your reservation.

Basic Info.:

  • Dates: Friday, Feb. 25th, Saturday, Feb. 26th and Sunday, Feb. 27th.

  • Place: Fluvanna’s Meeting House, 3502 Fluvanna Ave., Ext. Fluvanna, NY 14701.

  • Times: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Friday), 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Saturday) and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Sunday).

  • Ride Duration: 15 mins (including boarding and photo opportunities).

  • Cost: Donation

- all proceeds go to FCHS for the restoration of Fluvanna’s historic Meeting House and the Fluvanna Park, minus expenses paid to Cracker Jack Farms and the Basket Company for their services and products provided. FCHS is provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and registered as 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts and donations made are tax deductible.

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