Brent Bashand with Orlando Carriage Company

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Brent Bashand with Orlando Carriage Company

Brent Bashand with Orlando Carriage Company

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jtracy
March 22, 2017

The history of the Orlando Carriage Company goes back way to the 1800's. This was actually one of the hubs. They would come, people would come and pick up a carriage in Orlando, and they would take them all the way to Brooksville. Because that's where the train would come through to pick it up to go to Tampa. Now in hindsight it probably would have been just as easy to ride all the way to Tampa. But, they wouldn't do that. So the Orlando Carriage Company, the original one sat right about where the train tracks are now on Church Street. And they used to have upstairs - they would call the Carriage House. The carriage drivers would stay up there and somebody would call....

Listen as Orlando Carriage Company driver, Brent Bachand, describes his experiences driving carriages in Orlando in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Bachand at the Orlando Public Library on August 2, 2016.

LISTEN Part III (20:02)

So it was kind of interesting to do the same thing a hundred years later. I've met a lot of the town's people. I used to take Glenda Hood for carriage rides when they would go around town to see what's happening. As a matter of fact, I invited her downtown one night to see Orlando at night because they always leave about six o'clock. So I told her, I believe Joe was her body guard, and I said, "Why don't you come down some night and I'm going to take you and show you what your town is like on a Friday night at 10:30 at night....

 

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