One of our first outings of the vacation was to Watch Hill. Watch Hill is the new cool spot for Rhode Island mansions. Entertainers such as Taylor Swift and Conan O'Brien have homes there. Other celebrities stay at the breathtaking Ocean House--a five-star hotel that appears to be the very definition of luxury. We, however, did not go to Watch Hill for the luxury. We went for its legendary carousel.
The Watch Hill flying horse merry-go-round is the only continuously operating carousel of its kind. It was built in 1867 and has made Watch Hill its home since 1883. It is small as carousels go and only children weighing less than 100 pounds can ride it. The girls were thrilled to be first in line so they could carefully choose their horses. Clare chose the horse looking most like Black Beauty.