Random Rocking Horses Keep Appearing At ‘Poneyhenge’ In Massachusetts
No one is sure where the toy horses come from, but the collection keeps on growing.
You’ve probably heard of Stonehenge, but have you heard of Ponyhenge? It is quite different from the English rock formation that its name is taken from – and quite younger too, being only 12 years old or so.
The roadside rocking horse collection that has amassed itself in Lincoln, Massachusetts, does have pretty mysterious origins – much like Stonehenge.
In fact, no one knows how or why Ponyhenge began. According to Atlas Obscura, toy horses mysteriously began appearing in the small New England town back in 2010.
It started with one toy horse that had been dumped on the side of Old Sudbury Road in a field. The owners of the field who live beside it, Jimmy Pingeon and Elizabeth Graver, later explained to the Boston Globe in 2015 that the item was a leftover from a Headless Horseman-themed display they had set up for Halloween. They’d set it out assuming a child might find it and want to take it home. But that never happened.
In fact, it had quite the opposite effect. Instead, it sparked a movement in which other horse toys began to randomly appear in the area.
Over time, the collection grew into a mass of rocking horses, hobby horses, and horse models all taking up space in the pasture. And it’s only gotten bigger over time.
Sometimes, the horses get mysteriously rearranged into patterns or circles. It’s like a community-based art installation that is always evolving. In fact, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, someone had the idea to put surgical masks on all the ponies, and during the 2020 elections, political signs with horse-related puns also started to emerge.
While Ponyhenge might be on private property, the owners share that anyone is welcome, so long as they behave respectfully. One couple even used Ponyhenge as the backdrop for their wedding in March 2020!
If you’re in the New England area and want to pay it a visit, you just have to go down Route 117 west until you’re on Old Sudbury Road, then drive down the street half a mile. Ponyhenge will be to your left – rather hard to miss. But, if you struggle with directions you can always have GPS help guide you to the official address: 39 Old Sudbury Road, Lincoln, MA.
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