Civil War era carriage loaned to the History Museum


Thursday, a carriage formerly owned by Mrs. Mary Ola Clarkson Hardaway, of Big Spring Kentucky, was loaned to the Meade County History Museum by owners, Mr. Jerry Miles and Jerry Huffine. They acquired the carriage some years ago and had it completely restored. The carriage was made in Louisville, Ky., and completed fabrication in December of 1864. The color is a deep-green with yellow pinstriping and appears as if it just came off the show-room floor. Mary Ola Clarkson, married Achilles Moorman Hardaway, and the carriage was used on their wedding day. The Hardaway house in Big Spring was known as Maplewood. Jerry Huffine, Jerry Miles and John Ditto brought the carriage Friday July 1st., to the history museum. The rear wheels were carefully removed so the top would clear the seven-foot door height. Once inside, the wheels were replaced and the carriage was set in its temporary location. It is believed by the 9th of July, with the relocation of some office equipment and the completion of construction on the new Cox Barn exhibit, where outlaws, Magruder, Clarke, and Medkiff, were captured, in 1865, the Hardaway Carriage can be viewed from all sides in Gallery 2. This beautiful carriage, is a wonderful artifact, segueing Gallery 1, containing exhibits of Native American, Pioneer and Civil War exhibits in a continuum connecting Gallery 2 — artifacts of late 19th and 20th century life, in Meade County, Kentucky. The museum staff, thanks, the Huffine, Miles, Ditto and Hardaway families and everyone connected with making this magnificent carriage, available for the citizens of Meade County and Brandenburg to see.

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