Tuscan Village Spurs New Economic Age in Salem

Dec 28, 2018

Author: Kathie Ragsdale (BusinessNHMagazine.com)

For 110 years, Rockingham Park attracted visitors and gamblers for horse racing and, later, charitable gaming and was a major part of the Salem economy. But live horse races ended in 2009, and the financially troubled venue limped along on the hope that the state would legalize gambling and a casino would rise up in the place affectionately known as The Rock.

But legalization and the casino never happened, so in 2016, Rockingham Park shuttered for good.

For some communities, that would have remained a hulking ghost haunting the community, but thanks to a local entrepreneur, not only is a major project breathing new life into the site, it is also expected to reinvent the community.

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