Water never dampened our spirit and fire never extinguished our resolve to preserve both the history and reality of harness racing here in Goshen. In fact, harness racing in the United States began here!
On August 23rd of last year , a horrific fire destroyed a large part of the historic BOCES Barn. The quaint antique blacksmith shop was reduced to ashes. Thanks to the heroics of track personnel, tenants and volunteer firefighters, not a single individual or horse was injured. As a result of this catastrophe, it was decided not only to rebuild the barn, but to upgrade many of the structures of our National Historic Landmark.
There are plans in the works to rebuild the BOCES Barn with the intent to serve as a storage facility for many of the Harness Racing Museum’s precious artifacts, and also allowing for additional displays for public viewing. The blacksmith shop will be relocated to the Arden Barn which will also undergo a major renovation.
Unfortunately, to date, our insurance coverage, income and donations do not come close to covering the cost of this undertaking. That is why we are reaching out to you to assist us in restoring and revitalizing a gem of Orange County. Checks can be made out to Goshen Historic Track at 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.