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Goshen in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame

 
 
Harness Racing Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
1. Harness Racing Museum Marker
Inscription.  The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, formerly the Trotting Horse Museum-Hall of Fame of the Trotter was established in 1951 to honor the past and promote the future of the great sport of harness racing.

Originally a stable, built by J. Howard Ford in 1913, this entrance opened its doors to the public as a museum and repository for the sport’s memorabilia on June 30, 1951.

On May 16, 1998, after an extensive renovation and addition, a new plaza, main entrance and wing were dedicated.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEntertainmentParks & Recreational AreasSports. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1951.
 
Location. 41° 24.245′ N, 74° 19.155′ W. Marker is in Goshen, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Main Street (New York State Route 207) just south of Erie Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just to the left of the front entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Main Street, Goshen NY 10924, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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of this marker. Racing in Goshen... (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Wickham (within shouting distance of this marker); President Ulysses S. Grant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goshen Half-Shire Town (about 500 feet away); Lawyer's Row (about 600 feet away); 124th Regiment New York Infantry Volunteers (about 700 feet away); Maplewood (about 700 feet away); Historic Track (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Goshen Historic Harness Racing Track
 
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1. Harness Racing Museum History. In July 1949, a group of industry leaders met to formally organize a harness racing museum. The founders and first trustees were E. Roland Harriman, Octave Blake, William H. Cane, Elbridge T. Gerry, Sr., George M. Levy, Lawrence B. Sheppard and Charles W. Phellis. Their first challenge was to find a suitable location to house the history of harness racing. Several sites were considered, and the trustees decided upon the handsome, Tudor-style Good Time Stable in Goshen, New York. The new institution was named The Trotting Horse Museum, Inc., Hall of Fame of the Trotter. (Submitted on April 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
2. Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame Marker

2. Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame (Wikipedia). The half-timber building that houses the museum was built as a stable in 1913. It houses artwork by famous equine artists and racing memorabilia dating back to the start of trotting. Exhibits include more than 1,700 paintings, lithographs and sculptures, 19,300 photographs, hundreds of drivers' uniforms, 75 sulkies, 59 sulkies and 7 carts, and a preserved stable which serves as a walk-through display case for racing equipment. The museum also maintains a research library with more than 4,000 books and videos on the sport of harness racing. The Hall of Fame is contained within the museum. (Submitted on April 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
3. Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame
(southwest corner)
Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
4. Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame
(northwest corner)
Lawrence B. Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
5. Lawrence B. Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Building
(plaque mounted just to the right of building entrance)
Lawrence B. Sheppard, Jr.
Memorial Building
July 22, 1922 — June 15, 1949
Peter Goode's Training Stables / Good Time Stable image. Click for full size.
6. Peter Goode's Training Stables / Good Time Stable
(photo from interpretive panel inside museum)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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