Ponyhenge (Lincoln, MA)

Date Of Visit: January 23, 2021

Location: 39 Old Sudbury Rd, Lincoln, MA (about 30 minutes northwest from Boston, MA)

Hours: Open daily

Cost: Free

Parking: There is not a designated parking lot but there is an area to pull over on the shoulder of the road in front of the display

Universally Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Notes: While the site is on private property the site is open to the public

Giddyup to Lincoln, MA for a rather unusual pony experience.

Located on a desolate road in Lincoln, MA, Ponyhenge is a fun site for people of all ages. The ride on toys and hobby horses aren’t just for children. In fact, it may be the appeal to your inner child and the nostalgia of the attraction that makes this attraction so special.

While there is not a dedicated parking lot and a sign kindly asks people to not park in the driveway next to the attraction, there is plenty of space on the side of the road past the attraction to park at. But the roads are narrow. So do use caution when visiting this hidden gem.

Ponyhenge has an element of mystery to it. No one knows who started it or why this display was started. But, some time in 2010 rocking horses, hobby ponies and other types of ride on ponies began appearing at the location. According to Atlas Obscura, two theories persist as to the origin of this attraction. One story states the first horse showed up around after a kid’s short-lived lemonade stand while another story claims that he was left over from a Christmas display. The horses seem to be arranged in a circle with a horse/unicorn hybrid taking center stage.

There are a wide array of different types of ponies at the site.

Not all of the ride on toys at Ponyhenge are horses or ponies. There was also this ride on duck.

This pony made me want to rock and roll all night.

But, dad jokes aside, not all of the ponies are your standard rocking horses and pony toys. Some of the ponies had garland, cat ears and other props on them. I especially like the doll that children (or adults) can use to play with on the horse.

Some of the ponies had sentimental value. Like these two ponies that had notes or signs on them.

While the display is largely a light-hearted attraction for people to admire the toys of a bygone era, it also struck me as more than just a roadside attraction. People rode on these toys. They laughed and spent special moments with their children and loved ones. The fact others can share objects that brought so much joy to them and their loved ones and give others the chance to experience special times makes this attraction truly a hidden treasure.

Author: New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England!

One thought on “Ponyhenge (Lincoln, MA)”

  1. For every rocking horse at Ponyhenge & beyond, there are ten hoomans whose galloping passion upon their beloved rocking horses carried them to the backs of real horses. THIS one spent five glorious decades soaring across fields upon the barebacks of all seven horses she owned, along with her passion born on her little palomino rocking horse in the 1950’s she will hold forever.

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