Originally part of Albert Seeley's holdings, which also included the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Seeley Stable, and the Blackhawk Livery Stable, today the Yard is home to many of the carriages donated to California State Parks by "Pappy" Hazard in the 1970s.
Most of the carriages in the sheds of Seeley Yard date between 1850 and 1910. As with current vehicles, each piece from the collection has a unique appeal and purpose. Carriages were costly; in a time when most San Diego wage earners made about $30 per month, carriages cost about as much as a prefab house. Rather than buy one, most people rented carriages from a livery stable for special occasions. The Hazard Collection has many examples of the types of carriages which would have been popular, such as surreys, broughams, Victorias, and phaetons. For more information about the specific carriages in the collection, click here.
Today, Seeley Yard is utilized for special events, equestrian demonstrations, and living history activities. It is also the site of our working, reconstructed Tunsten windmill.
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