Equestrian legacy celebrated at Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum is a treasure within a treasure.

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The silks and statistics for champion Blue Peter are on display at the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
The silks and statistics for champion Blue Peter are on display at the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum.

The museum, which celebrates the region’s pivotal horseracing legacy, lies within Hopelands Gardens – a 14-acre wonderland of century-old oaks, magnolias and cedars.

The famous Aiken Train­ing Track played a role in training 39 champion thorough­breds, said Lisa Hall, the city’s supervisor and the director of the museum.

“We have a lot of exhibits and racing memorabilia,” she said. “The most popular one is the Hall of Fame.”

The museum occupies a historic carriage house and stables that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, who owned Hopelands Gar­dens.

Exhibits include a display on the contributions of black trainers to Aiken’s thoroughbred industry and the Bost­wick Room, dedicated to famed polo star G.H. “Pete” Bost­wick, who was also a successful steeplechase owner and trainer.

“We also have an art exhibit, which we are extending just for Masters Week,” Hall said of works by equestrian artist Booth Malone. “That’s something we thought people would enjoy.”

The site’s regular hours are 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Fri­day; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day; and 2-5 p.m. on Sundays. However, the museum will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

TO GO

WHAT: Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum

WHERE: 135 Dupree Place, Aiken; inside Hopelands Gardens

MORE INFORMATION: (803) 642-7631, aikenracinghalloffame.com

THE SERIES

Whether you are visiting this week or enjoying time off there is always something to see.

TODAY: Aiken’s Thoroughbred Museum

MONDAY: Magnolia Cemetery

TUESDAY: Aiken History Museum

WEDNESDAY: Woodrow Wilson House

THURSDAY: Augusta History Museum

FRIDAY: Augusta Canal

SATURDAY: Morris Museum of Art

APRIL 8: Canal headgates


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