Louie's Buggy Barn
Main Street, Cedarville
buggies are always on display during the Modoc District Fair
"Louie's Buggy Shop" is located on Main Street
in the old Cedarville Garage Building. Stepping into its cool,
dark interior can easily transport the imaginative visitor back
a century or more to the town's bustling early days when you
traveled by horse-drawn wagons or buggies -- or you walked.
Vermillion collected each of the 22 pieces
stored in the barn from families in Surprise Valley. He began in
1997 when he got permission to save a buggy abandoned near Duck
As he drove from Eagleville to Fort Bidwell on
his job, Vermillion would ask about other neglected or
deteriorating rigs he saw. Lately, people call and offer their
family heirlooms to him for restoration or safekeeping.
Using mainly hand tools, Vermillion has
brought back to life an incomparable collection that includes a
hearse, a covered wagon, 3 sleighs, a freight wagon, and more
than a dozen buggies.
Each year, Vermillion displays many of his
wagons and buggies at the Modoc District Fair (where you'll also
find a collection of preserved local buildings called "Louieville").
The hearse was recently used for two funerals in Southern
Oregon, and Bob Heard's buggy made a trip to the California
State Fair two years ago. Other pieces are occasionally loaned
out for weddings and parades. And Louie always makes sure Santa
arrives in true Modoc style when he appears at the annual
Country Christmas Faire organized by Greater Surprise Valley
Chamber of Commerce.
Louie's Buggy Shop is located between the
Cressler and Bonner Building and Cedarville Grocery.
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