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Memorial Gate Hitchcock Woods

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South Boundary Entrance
Aiken, SC 29801 United States

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November 2021

Blessing of the Hounds

November 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Memorial Gate Hitchcock Woods, South Boundary Entrance
Aiken, SC 29801 United States
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The annual Blessing of the Hounds is a must see for residents and visitors alike. Aiken Hounds is distinguished as having the oldest drag hunt in the nation. In a drag hunt, cloth saturated with fox scent is dragged across the terrain to create a trail for the hounds to follow. Mounted riders follow the pack. A local clergyman officiates the event each year. The ceremony pays homage to the various traditions of foxhunting, to the heritage of Aiken's historic…

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