The City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is excited to announce that the Clifford S. Gerde Carriage Museum is open on Sundays through the end of November, from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Clifford S. Gerde Carriage Museum, dedicated in September of 1992, is located on the Rye Patch estate, adjacent to Hopelands Gardens, at 100 Berrie Road. It exhibits nine carriages that were once used for trips to the market, outings around town, commutes to and from work, leisurely travel, and even pony breaking. Each carriage has been restored, some by Mr. Clifford Gerde himself, who was founding member of the Aiken Driving Club. Visitors and locals alike are invited to learn more about travel in the era before horsepower came from an engine. For more information, call 642-7650.

Those interested in becoming a docent should contact the Hopelands/Rye Patch Supervisor at 803-642-7650 or email Docents are still needed for Sunday afternoons, for which training will be provided.

Occasionally, the museum may close due to inclement weather or high heat. The public can stay updated by calling the rainout hotline at 803-643-4661 or checking Facebook,