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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

December 20, 2001

Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel



In the late 18th century, horse racing was a popular form of entertainment throughout Washington County. An announcement in the Hagerstown Spy for a race in the town stated: "On Wednesday, the 5th day of September next (1792) will be run for, over a handsome course adjoining the town, a purse of 50 pounds; free for any horse, mare or gelding; four-mile heats; aged horses carrying 126 pounds weight, with a deduction of several pounds for every year under age. On Thursday, the 6th, will be run for, over the same course, another purpose of 25 pounds; three-mile heats; free, and carrying weights as aforesaid, the winning horse of the preceding day excepted." It was noted that "no person will be permitted to ride without being dressed in a silk jacket and cap."

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