PLEASANT HILL - The Lampton Carriage Trail at Shaker Village opened Sunday afternoon, and its namesake was on hand to cut the ribbon.
Dinwiddie Lampton Jr., 90, a longtime lover of horses and horse-drawn vehicles, was joined by friends of his and Shakertown's to open the four-mile trail. While Lampton stood beside the roadway where the horses, carriages and their drivers paraded, each said "Thank you, Mr. Lampton."
During the champagne brunch at the West Lot area of Shakertown, Susanna Thomas told Lampton and those gathered for the event that the trail has been a dream of hers for many years and the dream does not stop with the trail that opened Sunday
"We want a 15-mile network, she said.
Mother Nature almost kept the trail from opening Sunday. James Thomas, president and CEO of Shakertown and Susanna Thomas' husband, said the four inches of rain the region received Friday night and early Saturday morning almost was disasterous.