Stunning carriages from several eras are represented in the Carriage Museum and adjacent is the Schwartz's Tavern Museum that is full of authentic period furnishings and history.
Both the Robert Thomas Carriage Museum and the Schwartz Tavern are owned and operated by the same family. Bob Thomas is very enthusiastic about both because he grew up learning about each piece from his father who began collecting, refurbishing, and maintaining the carriages over 30 years ago. The Carriage Museum has beautiful examples of restored carriages, buggies, and sleighs. There are horse-drawn doctor's rigs, tradesmen's wagons, and fire engines. There is even a mail carriage and an ammunition carriage. Signage gives a brief history of each carriage and Thomas also has so much knowledge about each piece with great anecdotes of the past owners. He also knows many details about the carriage uses and the history of the wagons and how each was used. It is a very nice collection of 24 restored horse-drawn carriages from several eras that are beautifully cared for and maintained.
Schwartz's Tavern Museum is an 18th-century tavern that is fun to view and is educational. It has local antiques and memorabilia from Blackstone. The Schwartz Tavern has authentic period furnishings and a staircase that is extremely interesting. It is near the double-sided entrance and meets in a landing and then turns 90 degrees to go upstairs. When Bob Thomas gives you a tour of the Tavern you will get information about the Schwartz Tavern, the area, and the town of Blackstone. The historic value is highly valuable. Both tours are free but there are donation boxes for each location. Open from Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm.