Horse Power: The Story of Horse-Drawn Vehicles

Horse Power 2017

August 24, 2017 – January 13, 2018

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, proudly announces the premiere of its exclusive exhibition, Horse Power:  The Story of Horse-Drawn Vehicles, on display from August 24-January 13, 2018. Opening on Thursday, August 24th, at 6 pm,the public is invited to a free and entertaining lecture by Dennis J. Moore, Owner and Director of the Buggy Barn Museum Complex in Blanco, Texas. Following his talk, guests are invited to an opening reception featuring wine, appetizers, and gallery viewing.

Moore, a 5th generation Blanco Texan, has had a lifelong passion for preserving Western heritage.  His love of authentic wagons, carriages, and buggies led him to collect over 100 authentic horse-drawn vehicles and to establish the Buggy Barn Museum in Blanco, TX, in 2011. Visitors at his museum can take a step back in time and view a variety of carriages as well as saddles, tools, and other Western antiques and visit their newest addition: the Old West replica town of Pine Moore.

In addition to the Buggy Barn Museum, Dennis Moore has established himself as the go to person for any film productions that involve horses and/or carriages. Since 2007, he has worked on over 20 productions ranging from commercials to television series to big screen movies, including the award-winning movie, True Grit

This exhibit, researched and designed in-house by Dr. Rebecca Ingram, focuses on the history and use of horse-drawn vehicles in the United States. From the Conestoga freight wagon to the piano-box buggy, the exhibit explores the wagons and carriages that helped shape American history. The core of the exhibit is the Knott Memorial Wagon Collection, a group of miniature horse-drawn vehicles. Created at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, this fascinating collection of models made its way to Texas A&M University in the 1970s and was recently gifted to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Alongside the Knott miniatures, early photos of the Brazos Valley, and a variety of other artifacts, the exhibit features three full-size, original vehicles. These include a funeral coach dating to 1860, on loan from the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas, and a turn-of-the-century phaeton (a type of open carriage), used in the 2010 film True Grit, on loan from the Buggy Barn Museum in Blanco, Texas. 

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is committed to promoting science, and cultural and natural history with the integration of art in exhibits and educational programs. This exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station & the City of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm.  For more information about this adult program, exhibits and other displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195, visit them on the web at, or follow them on Facebook. Regular Museum Admission fees: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; members and children 3 and under are free.

Funeral Coach

Full Size Funeral Coach, ca. 1860
On loan from the National Museum of Funeral History, 
Houston, TX


Miniature Surrey Replica, 
used late 19th to early 20th c.
Knott Memorial Wagon Collection
Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Dennis Moore 
Dennis J. Moore, Owner and Director
Buggy Barn Museum Complex, Blanco, TX