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James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation, Inc.

The James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation, Inc. was formed and incorporated in August 2000 in honor of James Shaull. “Jimmy” who farmed with his Belgian horses, participated in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor ceremonies as well as annual wagon trains and parades in the surrounding area. He was Wagon Master for the National Pike Festival in the year 2000. Shortly after the wagon train he passed away at the age of 56 in a tractor accident.

He loved to show the public his horses and the simplicity of life before motorized vehicles. People would glimpse this heritage as he plowed his fields with his four abreast Belgian horse hitch. Sometimes as many as 100 cars would line up by his fields on the Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro, Maryland to watch. He is sorely Missed by those who knew of his love of horses and wagons.


What is the Foundation?

Consisting entirely of volunteers, the Foundation’s mission is to continue educating the public about the heritage that laid the foundation of our country. It’s purpose as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization is to raise funds necessary to allow wagon trains to continue to “roll forward”.

Short & Long Term Goals

The specific short term goal is to continue the National Pike Festival Wagon Train which retraces the route of the Old National Road that helped to open the west.

With state, local, and private funding, the Foundation will offer educational and historical wagon trains through the state of Maryland.



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