By KRIS KALABOKAS
An 18th century chariot owned by John Hancock has been restored and will be on display for public viewing at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead during Discover Quincy Days on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 4.
The restoration of the 237-year-old chariot, made possible by a grant of $31,400 in Community Preservation Act funds, began in the fall of 2013 and concluded this past spring.
According to Mary Robinson, curator of the Quincy Homestead, broken glass panes and broadcloth inside the chariot that had been eaten by moths was completely replaced during the restoration done by Blackburn Building Conservation. The restoration firm also meticulously removed a coat of black paint that was covering the original tan-colored, wooden exterior using cotton swabs.
The chariot is part of the Colonial Dames Collection and will remain at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead which served as the home to five generations of Quincys.
Deputy Superintendent of the Adams National Historical Park Caroline Keinath said the chariot could be used a a tool to teach school children and is “a great connection” to the history of transportation in the 18th century.