It Takes a Village to Raise a Barn: A Groundbreaking at Goshen Historic Track

Goshen, NY – 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 green space.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (Rain date: April 3)
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924
Light refreshments will be served

Architectural rendering of proposed restoration of BOCES barn. LAN Associates.

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 fire at Goshen Historic Track on Aug. 23, 2017. Janet Terhune Photo.

The Track’s historic blacksmith and farrier shop was also lost in the fire.

To let the Track know you will be attending, please 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 on 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.

Media contact:

Roger Dowd

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