The Harrisburg Beagle Club is located on 156 acres in northern York County. Established in 1948, the Club currently has 55 plus members and many amenities to help in the training of beagles.
The grounds of the Club consist of a clubhouse, two dog kennels, two training pens, and outbuildings for storage of equipment. Our rabbit propagation program keeps the training pens full of rabbits and the Club grounds have a healthy population of rabbits for experienced dogs to run. A new fencing project is currently underway, which will completely encircle the entire property. It is expected to be completed in 2016.
HISTORY Before the Club was located at its current location, the founding members would run their dogs and hold field trials at the State Hospital Farm on Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg PA. The members eventually purchased two adjoining properties that totaled 156 acres in northern York County. In 1947, the Club was officially incorporated at the Dauphin County Courthouse and certified in 1948.
To become a member in those days, one had to buy a share of stock for $25. The initiation fee was $3 and annual dues were $2. To raise money, a trial was held the second Sunday of each month. The annual AKC trial was held mid-July, which usually brought in 200 to 250 dogs from all over the east coast. The Club has had the honor of former President Johnson's dog running at the Club, though the President was not present.
In 1977, the original clubhouse, which was an old farmhouse burnt down. Fire insurance would not cover the cost, so the Club asked the members for a loan totalling $400 each to build the current clubhouse. The new one appears above.
The Club has gone through many changes since then. The current goal of the Club is to restore the entire Club grounds to viable rabbit habitat and to begin to hold field trials on a regular basis.
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