100+Year-Old Lakeport Freight Wagon Returns to Ely Museum

September 3rd is a special event at the Ely Stage Stop Museum. Along with our free monthly Fiddler’s Jam, we will be welcoming back the fully restored Vic Ferron Freight Wagon.

The Museum is open from 11:00 to 3:00 at 9921 Soda Bay Road (just north of Kitt’s Corner). Fiddle music starts at noon, and the wagon will make its appearance being pulled by Dr. Glenn Benjamin’s horses.

Built by Lakeport Blacksmith Vic Ferron, this freight wagon has a rare dual rear brake shoe system, which was necessary for handling Lake County’s steep mountain roads.
The wagon’s restoration was completed by Master Wainwright William “Bill” Melton in Porterville, CA. Dr. Paul Marchand and the Highland Springs Equestrian Center sponsored the work.

Free horse-drawn buggy rides will be available to all who attend. Food, beer, wine, and sodas will be available. Enjoy the shade of the Oak Grove for this Sunday event.

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