North Carolina



Burlington City Park


Burlington City Park is home to a beautiful circa 1906 – 1910 three-row Dentzel carousel which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The carousel has 16 jumpers, 10 standers, 20 menagerie animals including one lion, one tiger, one giraffe, one deer, four cats, four ostriches, four pigs and four rabbits and two chariots. The carousel is excellently maintained. The carousel was meticulously restored to its near original condition in 1981 to 1985. We were happy to hear that the carousel is on a maintenance/restoration schedule designed to keep the carousel in excellent working condition so that it can entertain children of all ages for generations.


The history of the carousel is uncertain. It is possible that some of the figures are from another Dentzel carousel(s). The National Carousel Association believes that the carousel was rebuilt between 1913 and 1924 by Dentzel, and it is during this refurbishment that other Dentzel figures may have been added to the platform as replacements.


The original location of the carousel is unknown, but it is known that the carousel was located at Locust Point, Oak Harbor, Ohio until 1924 when it was moved to Forest Park in Genoa, Ohio. It was in Genoa, Ohio until 1948 when the carousel was moved to Burlington City Park in 1948 where it has remained ever since.


The band organ is a Stinson 75 which is run by a computer.


For information on operating times call 336-222-5030 and/or access their web site at The web site also contains a wealth of information about the carousel.


We wish to thank Mr. Chris Bradsher, Concessions Manager, City of Burlington Department of Recreation and Parks, for providing us access to the carousel before it opened for the summer. Chris is very enthusiastic about the carousel and related much of the carousel’s history. It is nice to see that this classic Dentzel carousel has a caretaker and guardian as enthusiastic as Chris. We know that the carousel is in good hands.


Burlington City Park is a beautifully groomed and maintained park that provides many activities for children and adults. City Park is just one of many facilities administered by the Department of Recreation and Parks.


For Further Information:


City of Burlington (NC), Department of Recreation and Parks


The National Carousel Association




The Lead Horse






































A selection of Rounding Boards, below




Stinson 75 Band Organ, below






There is a classic carousel, a 1923 Philadelphia Toboggan Company (#67) in Carowinds amusement park, but we have not yet visited.




Pin Station


In a most unsuspecting location, a bowling alley named the Pin Station, will be found a gorgeous and fully restored late 1920s, three-row, portable Allan Herschell carousel with 36 jumpers (including two kiddie horses) and two chariots.


The band organ is a Wurlitzer 105.


The history of where the carousel had been previously located is unknown. It was probably part of a traveling carnival. It is known that the carousel was stored in Conover, North Carolina from about 1985 to 2010 when it was purchased and installed in the Pin Station.


Although the carousel only operates on weekends, it can be seen at any time the Pin Station is open. Kathy was so kind and generous with her time in showing us the carousel and telling us what was known about its history.


You can bowl, play miniature golf, ride a classic carousel and eat at the Pin Station!


For hours and other information call 828-466-2695 or access their website at


For further information:


The National Carousel Association
























The residents of Raleigh are lucky to have two beautiful and classic carousels.


Pullen Park


The carousel in Pullen Park is a beautifully restored and maintained three-row, 1912, two-level Dentzel Model 106 with 19 jumpers, 10 standers, and 23 menagerie animals including four cats, one deer, one mule, four ostriches, four pigs, four rabbits, two giraffes, one tiger, one lion and one goat. There are two chariots on the platform. The carving of the figures was supervised by master carver Salvatore Cernigliaro.


The band organ is a 1924 Wurlitzer Model 125.


The carousel is on the National Register of Historic Places.


The carousel was originally in Bloomsbury Park in Raleigh from 1912 to 1921 when it was moved to Pullen Park where it has resided ever since. It is housed in a beautiful climate-controlled building constructed in 2011.


Rides are $1.00.


The employees at the carousel are very friendly and accommodating. While we were photographing the carousel, the young operator came up to us and asked us if we wanted to know anything about the history of the carousel. We had a lengthy conversation about the Pullen Park carousel and carousels in general.


Pullen Park is the 5th oldest amusement park in the United States. It was founded in 1887 when Richard Stanhope Pullen gifted part of his farmland, a “cow pasture”, to the city of Raleigh. The first carousel at the park was a steam driven carousel that was installed in 1915 to be replaced by the Dentzel model in 1921. Pullen Park served the White population of segregated Raleigh.


For operating hours call 919-996-6468 or visit their web site at


For further information:

The National Carousel Association

























John Chavis Memorial Park


John Chavis Memorial Park is home to a beautiful and fully restored early 1920s Allan Herschell #2 Special three-row carousel with 36 jumpers, four standers (kiddie aluminum horses) and 2 chariots.


The band organ is a 1924 Wurlitzer Model 146-A.


The carousel has been located in John Chavis Memorial Park since 1937. It was previously part of a traveling carnival in North Carolina.


Rides are $1.00.


John Chavis Memorial Park was established in 1938 as an amusement park and recreation area for Raleigh’s segregated African American population which did not have access to the White only Pullen Park.


For operating hours call 919-996-3286 or access their web site at


For further information:

The National Carousel Association










Rocky Mount

Sunset Park in Rocky Mount, North Carolina is home to a 1920s, three-row Spillman Engineering carousel. The National Carousel Association reports that for the past several years, the carousel has been operating with only two rows. The carousel operates only during the summer and has limited hours. We have not visited this carousel.




Shelby Carrousel

In Shelby City Park in Shelby, North Carolina is a 1920s portable Spillman Engineering carrousel with three rows of 36 jumpers and two chariots. Three of the horses are hand-carved replacements, and the chariots are hand carved replicas. The carousel underwent a complete restoration in the late 1980s. The sign on the carousel says “Herschell Spillman”, but the National Carousel Association has determined it was manufactured by the Spillman Engineering Company.


The band organ is a 1923 Artizan Style A-2 which plays Wurlitzer 125 rolls.


The original location of the carousel is unknown but was in the possession of Atomic Rides and Amusements, Charleston, South Carolina until 1951 when it was purchased by contributions from the First National Bank, the Union Trust Company, J. E. Strates and Dr. J. S. Dorton for the city. It has been in Shelby City Park since 1952.   


Rides are $0.50.

Check out the Restoring the Dream video at


The carousel is open all year since it is housed in a beautiful climate-controlled building, the Anne Dover Bailey Carrousel Pavilion.


We arrived at the carousel before it opened for the day, but we were fortunate to have met Tommy Forney, Amusement Supervisor for the City of Shelby Parks and Recreation Department, who is also a carousel buff. He gave us a tour of the carousel while relating its history. Mr. Forney was supervisor of the 1980s restoration project. We are very grateful for Tommy’s hospitality. The carousel is lucky to have Tommy as its “guardian” and “caretaker”.


For hours of operation and other information, call 704-484-6476 or access their web site at


For further information:

The National Carousel Association