Clouds Hill Museum . . . A Portal to the Past


Bicentennial Wagon

As a part of this nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, the State of Pennsylvania commissioned 50 exact replicas of the Conestoga wagons and prairie schooners which opened the American west to settlement.  A gift from Pennsylvania to each state, the wagons became part of a re-enactment of the old wagon train routes – only eastward to converge on Valley Forge, July 4, 1976.  In front of almost 300,000 people, President Ford presented each wagon driver with a medal and the wagons went on display for two months.

Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum is proud to be home to the Rhode Island Conestoga wagon.  A part of the New England train, it was horsed and driven by Legrand and Sheila Reynolds of Escoheag, R.I.  Official outriders were Candy Poutre and Clifford Tuchon, and Pat LeClerc was R.I. Wagonmaster.

The wagon may be seen in the carriage museum at Clouds Hill where a narrated DVD is shown of the 31/2 day trip across Rhode Island over Memorial Day weekend, 1976, as the New England wagon train headed for Valley Forge.

See 19 minute slide show of the trip across Rhode Island