International Carriage Symposium in Colonial Williamsburg

Presented by the Carriage Association of America and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with the National Sporting Library & Museum, this is the largest gathering of carriage enthusiasts in the world. Come together to learn more about the history of carriages, enjoy talks, social activities, behind the scenes tours, a trade fair and so much more!

The Symposium's presentations include a talk by Claudia Pfeiffer, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art at the National Sporting Library & Museum. On Saturday, January 27th she will speak on The Myth and Mystery of the “Vanderbilt” Coach and Four: A Study in Silver. For more information, and a full itinerary of the Symposium's talks and events, click here.

Symposium Speakers & Topics 

Thursday, January 25 Breakfast in the Trade Fair room CAA Annual Membership Meeting

  • KEN WHEELING (United States) Collapse of the Gilded Age: The Coming of War, 1914
  • WILLIAM J. STEWART (Canada) Music to My Ears: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride - A Career Spanning Five Decades
  • DR. MARIO DOBERL (Austria) End of an Era: The Emperor Franz Josef
  • DR. THOMAS KINNEY (United States) At the Apex: Brewster & Company and the Final Decades of Carriage Production

Friday, January 26 Breakfast in the Trade Fair room

  • DR. CATHERINE ROMMELAERE (Belgium) Defining Excellence: The Belgian Exhibitions of the Nineteenth Century
  • KATHERINE GRAVES (United States) Jehus from Yreka: Stagecoaching in Northern California
  • DR. GUILLERMO GIBELLI (Argentina) Senor Dr Hoz: A Sporting Gentleman from the Pampas

Lunch on your own & afternoon to explore the Historic Area

Saturday, January 27 Breakfast in the Trade Fair room

  • RICHARD NICOLL (United States) Striking a Balance: The Nineteenth Century Whip Industry
  • DR. GOSTA KYLSBERG (Sweden) Carriages, Calvary, and Kings: The importance of Continuity and the Authentic Experience
  • DR. ALEXANDRA LOTZ (Germany) Beauty in harness: The Imperial Coach Horses of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Their Decline and Their Renaissance
  • COLIN PAWSON (England) Coaches & Coach Horns: Their History from the Golden Age to the Present Day
  • CLAUDIA PFEIFFER (United States) The Myth and Mystery of the “Vanderbilt” Coach and Four: A Study in Silver
  • JILL RYDER (United States) - H.M. The Queen


  • Wednesday through Sunday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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