A horse farm and harness track in the Southtowns that was owned by a well-known veterinarian is going on the auction block, nearly 18 months after the doctor’s death, as no one is left to take care of it.
The 48-acre farm in Eden, and an accompanying corner parcel, were owned by Dr. Richard J. Hall, known to many as simply “Doc Hall.”
Hall, who died in February 2015 at 91, spent 62 years as a veterinarian, but was also a horse owner and breeder. He was involved in harness racing for over 80 years, served as track veterinarian at the Buffalo Raceway, and was a member of the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association for over 40 years.
According to a brochure from Cash Realty & Auctions, which will be handling the sale, Hall built the half-mile harness track, along with an exercise carousel, 78 stalls and a three-bedroom home on the sprawling land at 1847 Eden Evans Center Road, just off the Thruway’s Exit 57. The property includes a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home and office, four barns offering horse boarding at $100 to $125 per stall, as well as two water-line hookups and utility connections for the buildings. The house was added just a decade ago, for $150,000.
The smaller corner “outparcel” measures about 2.5 acres. It’s zoned agricultural and open space, but the town is willing “to consider any viable commercial or residential zoning venture,” according to the marketing brochure.
Hall’s wife is alive, but their daughter ordered the sale. “Since the doctor died, there is no one left to take on the day-to-day responsibility of running it, so it’s showing signs of deferred maintenance,” said auctioneer Cash Cunningham.
The auction will be held July 30 at 1 p.m., on site. The parcels will be offered both together and separately.