Between the 1930s and the late 1970s, the carriage house - built in the same Flemish Revival style as the Kendrick Mansion - was used mainly for storage. In 1979, the structure gained a new lease on life when the Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild was granted permission by the Sheridan County Historical Society – then owners of Trail End – to renovate the carriage house for use as a community theater.
After several years of renovation and fund raising, an intimate theater space was created. Eighty-seven seats fill the former carriage room, with reception areas in the tack and horse stall areas. Costume and properties storage are located in the former hayloft upstairs, while the former chicken coop serves as a combination office/ticket booth.
In 1985, a fire in the Carriage House's stall and hay loft areas left the Civic Theatre Guild's future in doubt. The disaster forced the Sheridan community to again face the necessity of restoring both the structure and the theater group. After phenomenal efforts, productions on the Carriage House stage were resumed in time for the 1987 season.
The Civic Theatre Guild season generally includes four productions, usually offered in the fall, around Christmas, in late winter/early spring, and mid-spring. Summer productions are occasionally scheduled, as well as evenings of acoustic music and comedy. For more information on the Carriage House and/or Civic Theatre Guild productions, phone 307-672-9886 or visit their website at www.sheridanstage.com.
The Carriage House is also where the Small Stage Concerts are held. For more information on these intimate evenings of music and entertainment, click on the little band below!
State Historic Site