The Southern Maryland Carousel Group, Inc.

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"A carousel is a fabulous array of menagerie animals and full of fantasy and imagination."

Woodcarvers at work

See the woodcarvers / painters at work and learn the process of creating a carousel animal and the final product.

Visit Us

Stop by our studio for a visit and see the finished carousel animals.

in the news

The Southern Maryland Carousel finds a new home!  Be sure to check out our exciting news.

Traditions of Carousels

Step back in time to learn the history of carousels and how they got their start in Charles County, Maryland.

Building Our Carousel

Season's Greetings . . .

To my dear family, friends, and supporters of the Southern Maryland Carousel Group:

This has been a very tumultuous year for the Carousel.  Again, we thought we had a place we could call home.  We signed a lease on property in La Plata only to find out it was encumbered sixty years ago when the Town and the Department of Natural Resources made an agreement that no buildings other than an administration building could be built on the property.  This is the fourth time we have been close to having a site for the Carousel and it failed to materialize.

We started this project 13 years ago in 2004 and have not given up. That is because we believe in what we are doing and have had the greatest support from the general public that anyone could want.  You have made donations large and small and every dollar has helped.  Also, we have had tremendous support from our State Delegation.

Currently, we have three hundred fifty-five thousand dollars in Bond Bill money approved by the legislature, and have put the paperwork in for another three hundred thousand.  We have another one hundred forty-three thousand in our bank account and currently have no debts.

Not having a place for the Carousel is the only thing keeping the project from moving forward.
We are again working with the County to find a suitable location for the Carousel.  We will have to wait and see what 2018 brings forth for the Carousel. If any of you have a connection with our County leaders, please do not hesitate to put a good word in for the Carousel.

All the animals have been carved and painted for the Carousel and we are continually working to raise funds.  We just completed several successful fundraisers.  Our Santa has been very busy with picture taking sessions at the Carousel Clothing Store in Waldorf and the Kris Kringle event at the Charles County fairgrounds.  He also worked several events in St. Mary's County for our benefit.

If you would like to make a donation to the Carousel, we would appreciate that very much.  Remember we are a 501 c (3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.  We have several ways you can give:  Make a tax deductible donation by sending a check, adopting an animal (seventeen have been adopted), buy a brick paver or adopt one of the rounding boards.

You can mail your donations or write me directly at P.O. Box 2335, La Plata, MD 20646 or call me at 301-830-1189.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a very successful and prosperous New Year.

Burkey W. Boggs