Before the dawn of the automobile, horse-drawn carriages were essential for providing Americans with goods, services and leisure opportunities. As the standard of living improved during the 19th century, more people began to own carriages. The demand for better roads grew, and better roads allowed people to go places faster and further than ever before. This boosted the economy and paved the way for the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the automobile.
This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Going Places was organized by The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages in Stony Brook, New York.
NEH on the Road
National Endowment for the Humanities