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PHOTOS: Stagecoaches roll in ahead of open house at Concord business

  • Dr. Merwyn Bagan speaks with Todd Marshall about the lettering on the coach that had just been delivered to Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which will be hosting a Concord Coach display at its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • A western-style Coach was delivered to Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which will be hosting a Concord Coach display at its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • An 1875 Abbot-Downing coach is displayed at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which will host a Concord Coach display for its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • An 1874 coach that has never been restored is at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane for its Concord Coach display and open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane will host a Concord Coach display for its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Todd Marshall unloads a western-style coach at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which is set to host a Concord Coach display at its open house Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • A St. Paul’s barge lives at the Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which will host a Concord Coach display for its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Dr. Merwyn Bagan and Todd Marshall prepare to unload the newest coach that was delivered to Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which is hosting a Concord Coach display for its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Dr. Merwyn Bagan watches the coach being unloaded at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which is set to host a Concord Coach display at its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane is set to host a Concord Coach display at its open house on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane is set to host a Concord Coach display for its open house Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • The most recent coach to be delivered to Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which is set to host a Concord Coach display at its open house Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane is set to host a Concord Coach display for its open house Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • The restored western-style coach at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane will host a Concord Coach display for their open house Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff

  • An old hotel coach, recently returned to the city of Concord, lives at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, which will host a Concord Coach display for the open house Saturday, June 9, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Thursday, June 07, 2018

The best place to see stagecoaches is usually dusty, sepia-toned photos from generations ago. But they were rolling in Thursday at Johnny Prescott Oil & Propane, where three coaches were delivered ahead of an open house featuring the largest collection of Concord coaches at one location in the world.

The display will include eight Concord coaches, one Concord Truck, and eight other Abbot-Downing horse-drawn vehicles. Three of the stagecoaches: an 1874 yellow Bridgton & Harrison coach, an 1875 red Turner’s Tavern coach, and a red western-style Merrimack County Savings Bank coach will be staying in Concord. Tom Prescott has three stagecoaches as well that stay on the Johnny Prescott property in their museum. the Prescott collection includes a 12-passenger coach from 1880, a six-passenger coach from 1852 and a St. Paul’s barge.

Horse-drawn Concord coaches were made by the Abbot-Downing Co. from 1826 until World War I, when the firm was bought by Wells Fargo. Abbot-Downing coaches was hailed for both beauty and durability and were famously featured in Roughing It, Mark Twain’s tale of the Wild West.

The open house is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free food and a drawing to win 100 gallons of fuel.