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Hand-made Wagon (Goat Cart)


We love this hand-made miniature wagon (goat cart) so much that we’ve kept it in our own home for more than a year and a half without even thinking about selling it. It pains us to even put it on the market. Gary Swope, the Maryland craftsman we bought it from, had a bond with his creation that is even stronger than ours: He made the piece more than 20 years ago and never once considered it selling it until he showed it to us on a whim in the spring of 2011 – and only serendipity sent us past his home while we were on our way to a Hagerstown Suns baseball game.


“I am getting to the age now where I don’t know what’s going to happen to me,” he tells us on our video now airing on our Orion’s Attic TV YouTube channel (play the video below). “Then I’d never know what happens to this. I’d like to know where it’s going and what happens to it.”


There are many reasons why this piece is so special. The fact that it was hand-made in Foxville, Maryland (about 15 miles east of Hagerstown) certainly tops the list. Swope, the son of a sawmill operator, made the wagon from Linden wood culled from nearby woods. The goat cart pays homage to a four-horse wagon used on farms in a bygone era. While you could technically attach a goat to it and use it to handle modern day chores, the best use of Swope’s wagon would be to preserve it. The wagon deserves to take center stage as a conversation piece in a home, man cave or museum.


The goat cart took the Navy veteran and Mack Trucks retiree an entire winter to build. Every piece is made by hand and many of them can be pulled away to make it easier to transport.


Orion’s Attic has loved this piece since May of 2011. We’ve got to let it find a new home now as we’re in the business of selling, not collecting. We’ll definitely tell Mr. Swope who bought it from us and how you’re going to use it. We’re sure he’ll be thrilled.

Size: 46 inches from edge of back wheel to front wheel. Stands 29 inches tall to top of seat and 40 inches tall to top of handle. Cart is about 19.5 inches wide. 

Learn more about the goat cart and Gary Swope in our blog post. 

  • Shipping Weight: 80lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 03 January, 2013.