Docent Trainings at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame

If you love Thoroughbreds, history and Aiken, here is your chance to share that love by becoming a docent at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.


Open Fire with Buddy Raines

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, which runs the museum, is looking for more volunteers to become docents. They will be holding training sessions on the following Thursdays: June 15, July 20August 17September 21October 19 and November 16 from 9:30 am – 12 noon.  The first part of the training will focus on customer service and the second part on the history of the Hall of Fame as well as museum duties.

According to a press release issued on May 12:

The Hall of Fame celebrates Aiken‘s contributions to Thoroughbred racing. Those wishing to become docents should have a passion for history and/or equestrian pursuits.  Docents will have a number of responsibilities, including opening and closing the Hall of Fame, greeting visitors and providing information about the exhibits and the museum.  Docents may work as few or as many shifts as desired and shifts are between 31/2 – 4 hours long.  Some City of Aiken residents may qualify for the Senior Tax Work-off Program.

The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Hopelands Gardens at Whiskey Road and Dupree Place and celebrates Aiken‘s contributions to equestrian sports. Recognized as the Best Equestrian Attraction of South Carolina by the “Official Best Of,” it includes numerous exhibits and displays related to racing in Aiken and champions that trained here. The museum is open September – May, Tuesday – Friday & Sunday from 2 – 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, weather permitting. For more information, call 642-7631 or visit

Those interested in becoming a docent should contact the Hall of Fame at 803-643-2121 or email


The immortal Kelso winning the Woodward Stakes in 1962.