It Takes a Village to Raise a Barn: a Groundbreaking

GOSHEN – The Goshen Historic Track is inviting the public to join the Board of Directors of Goshen Historic Track and Trustees of The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the BOCES barn at one of Orange County’s most distinctive historic landmarks. Partially destroyed by a fire in 2017, the world’s oldest operating harness racing track is rebuilding to preserve a uniquely American tradition and continue serving as a community greenspace. Working closely 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. The groundbreaking will be the latest chapter in a long and colorful history that began in 1838 when the Track opened as a safe venue for horse racing. The BOCES barn, so named because it was an extension of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, functioned as a training center focusing on equestrian care and farm management.

The Track’s historic blacksmith and farrier shop was also lost in the fire.
To let the Track know you will be attending call 845-294-5333 or Email:

For more information, visit the Track’s website at If you would like to donate to help the Track meet a matching fund, you can do so by credit card via PayPal or by calling 845-294-5333 during weekdays. Support a national treasure! Checks made out to Goshen Historic Track can also be mailed to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Your donation will be tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

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