(A barouche is a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with a collapsible hood over the rear half, a seat in front for the driver, and seats facing each other for the passengers, used especially in the nineteenth century.)
The barouche, once owned by Macdonald’s friend Captain Alexander Farlinger, has stayed at Upper Canada Village since being donated to the site by his son in 1956. In 1962 the barouche carried the Queen Mother during her tour of the Village, and in the same year it played a role in the wedding of Alexander Farlinger's great-granddaughter, It is used now for special events such as reenactments of 1860s weddings and funerals and for tours hosting visiting dignitaries.
According to Brent Santin, collections and library technician at Upper Canada Village, the original accession records show that the barouche was used by the donor’s father, Capt. Alex Farlinger “to drive Sir John A. Macdonald behind a four-horse team to a picnic at Winchester Springs on occasion of his pronouncement of Canada’s National Policy, 1876.
Farlinger bought the barouche in Montreal in 1875.
Santin says the barouche is not currently on permanent display, but does play an important role in the historic site’s annual two-day “Riding in Style” event each summer.
Upper Canada Village is a living history site dedicated to the presentation of the history of Eastern Ontario along the St. Lawrence River up to the 1860s.
Upper Canada Village website: http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/index.cfm/en/home/