by Mrs. Lloyd Holmes
About 1864, a Mrs. Paul R. George
presented to the Contoocook Precinct a gift of land to be used as a public
park for the people of the town. Thus, the name George's Park. The old
race track was once used by Mr. Paul George and other gentlemen for
exercising their horses and engaging in some friendly races. In 1915 the
first Hopkinton Fair was held at George's Park.
About 1921-1922 a large grandstand was
built for the race track. It is said that a Mr. Harris from Warner built
the grandstand for the Fair Association with the understanding that he
would be paid from the proceeds collected by the grandstand.
About 1958 the structure was torn down.
The park is now used for high school athletic activities. Little League
baseball, and many other town affairs.
I would like to add that the race
driver's jacket and hat in this picture were made of silk taken from Mr.
Young’s racing cap. Mr. Young enjoyed racing horses as a hobby for many
years and is a great-grandfather to my children.
Mrs. Lloyd Holmes