The Goshen Historic Track has announced they are seeking community support to preserve a tradition that began 181 years ago.
On August 23, 2017, a fire completely destroyed the quaint blacksmith shop, the historic BOCES Barn and the shedrow barn connecting them. Fortunately, all horses were rescued and there was no loss of life. However, the Track is now facing the upcoming racing season. “The Cradle of the Trotter,” as the Goshen Historic Track is called, is a Registered Historic Landmark and the oldest active harness racing track in the world. It must rebuild quickly or lose a matching grant of $100,000.
Working with preservation architects at LAN Associates, the Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame plan to replace the lost structures, preserving much of their original character, while providing the museum with safe housing for many of its valued artifacts. To achieve these goals, the two organizations are seeking donations.
You do not have to be a harness racing enthusiast to enjoy a sport that is an American tradition and one of the summer highlights of Orange County. The Track, in the Village of Goshen, features annual Grand Circuit and Matinee races, as well as concerts, car shows and other family-oriented events. The Harness Racing Museum nearby is free to the public.
For more information, visit the Track’s website. You can donate via PayPal or call (845) 294-5333 during weekdays to find out how you can support the efforts. Checks made out to Goshen Historic Track can also be mailed to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.
Photo of the fire at Goshen Historic Track August 23, 2017, by Janet Terhune.