Horse drawn carriage is headed downtown

BAR HARBOR — A team of stately Shire workhorses pulling a carriage through the streets are set to become a familiar site downtown this summer.

The owners of the new Wild Iris Farm came one step closer to their plans for offering carriage rides on Tuesday, when town councilors unanimously endorsed a draft ordinance regulating the operation of horse drawn carriages.

Farm owners Sandi Read and Marc Jaffrey, Ms. Read’s son, plan to run their horse drawn carriage like a taxi service, perhaps through exclusive arrangements with certain hotels. The service also will be available for weddings and other special events, Ms. Read said.

“I think it’s a hark back to how the island used to be, before automobiles were here,” Ms. Read said. “It gives people a chance to experience that type of historical venue.”

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Robert Levin covers the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. He also writes about the arts, covers area schools, crafts feature stories, and is frequently seen with his camera at community events. In his free time, Robert enjoys hiking, playing music and spending time with his family.