The beautiful Beekman Family Coach is back! Coaches like this were very rare, super fancy, and would have been used on special occasions. This coach is only one of three surviving coaches from 18th-century America. It was made for the merchant James Beekman in 1771, and New-York Historical has it today thanks to Beekman family members who carefully stored it until it was donated to N-YHS in 1911.
It’s not everyday that you get to see a coach–or even ride in one–so we made a fun paper replica for you to make at home.
- Beekman Coach printed onto card stock (you can also use paper)
- Beekman Wheels printed onto card stock (you can also use paper)
- Crayons, markers, pencils etc.
- Fabric scraps
- Stapler or glue
- Hole punch or something to poke a hole in the paper
- Strip of approximately 3″ x 6″ card stock or thick paper (you could cut the strip from a cereal box)
Here’s how to make your own Beekman Coach!
STEP 1: Start with the coach template and color it all over.
STEP 2: Cut out the middle rectangles on the template to make windows, and cut out the sections with stripes. Fold your coach so it looks like this:
STEP 3: Now take the wheels template. Color them in and cut them out!
STEP 4: Use a hole punch to make holes in the center of the wheels template. If you don’t have a hole punch you can use a pencil.
STEP 5: Make holes on the black dots on the coach template using a hole punch or sharp pencil.
STEP 6: Line up the holes on the wheels and the body of the coach and attach them using your brads.
STEP 7: Cut the fabric to fit the windows, and then staple (or glue) your curtains into place.
STEP 8: To make sure that your coach stands up, fold and attach a strip of card stock inside the coach. This can also be a seat for a lucky stuffed toy or doll!
STEP 9: Now get a long piece of string. Tie each end to the inside of the brads on the front two wheels.
Done! Now you can take your Beekman Coach on a stately ride!