Sleigh Racing on the Neck, Boston, Massachusetts

Collection Type

  • Art



Location Note

Prints: Mass.: Boston: Washington St.



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"The expressive picture which we present below was taken by our artist, a few days since, during the height of the sleighing sport on the Neck, nearly opposite the famous Decon Mansion, which is seen in the background. The Neck has, for a few years past, been turned into a perfect race-course during sleighing time; and in the after part of the day is, of a winter's time, a scene of the gayest excitement. Splendid turnouts, 2.40 horses by the score, racers passing every minute, a smash-up now and then by way of variety, and, in short, we know of nothing like it elsewhere in this country. Boston has a vast number of fast boys, fast horses, and beautiful sleighs, and here they all congregate and practise their favorite sport. Let no person suppose himself fully experienced in the characteristics of New England character, Yankee impulse, and Boston peculiarities more especially, until he has witnessed sleighing on the Neck."


Descriptive Terms

racing (physical activities)
horse-drawn vehicles
line engravings (prints)

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000903
AccessID 1177
Other identifier HNEDID-000903
prints & engravings pr99

Physical Description

1 newspaper engraving

Collection Code


Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Reference Code


Image Dimensions

6.25 x 11 (HxW)(inches)


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Boston Neck (Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [cape]

Record Details


Gleason's Pictorial (Publisher)

Material Type

line engravings (prints)

Description Level


Location Note

Prints: Mass.: Boston: Washington St.