The carousel was built in 1927 and was known as the C.W. Parker Carousel. It was then purchased by a Ringling Brothers circus performer, Gerard Soules, for $25,000. The carousel went from a barn in Mystique, Michigan, to a children's zoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After Gerard's death in 1992, his brother, James Soules, inherited the carousel. He restored it with help from Carl Theel of Theel Manufacturing, and brought it to Davelport Park here in St. Augustine in 1994. Renamed the J&S Carousel, it has been delighting children -- both residents and visitors -- ever since.
The carousel consists of fantastically painted, easy-to-ride horses, and one camel. The horses (and one camel) go up and down while the Carousel turns and old-fashioned music plays. Located in Davenport Park between San Marco Avenue and US 1 at San Carlos Avenue, next to the Public Library building, the J&S Carousel is only $1 to ride. It's a great place to make some memories for children and adults alike.