The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick

The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick (HM1S05)

Location: Brodnax, VA 23920 Brunswick County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 43.569', W 78° 0.427'

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The Thoroughbred is a horse breed synonymous with racing. All modem Thoroughbreds trace back to three stallions imported into England from the Middle East in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. English Thoroughbreds were imported into North America starting in 1730. Diomed, brought to Virginia in 1798, significantly impacted American Thoroughbred breeding, mainly through his son, Sir Archy.

Ralph Wormeley of Brunswick owned and raced Sir Archy briefly circa 1807. Prominent horse breeder, James J. Harrison of Diamond Grove Plantation on the Meherrin River owned offspring of Sir Archy including sons Sir Charles and Timoleon—both 19th century stars as sires and racers. Harrison also spearheaded the development of a United States studbook like the English volume.

Racing and horse breeding were at their peak economically and socially in early 19th century southern Virginia. There were numerous racetracks in the region including Diamond Grove, Lawrenceville and Charlie Hope. By 1830 there were county races twice a year, spring and fall, lasting four days, with gala balls, parties in homes, fox hunts and excursions. Many a woman, it is said, invested a fortune on attending the races with an elegantly dressed daughter in an attempt to 'marry her off.'- Gay Neal

During the Civil War both the Confederate quartermasters and Union raiders had taken crops, livestock including thousands of horses for their troops. Coupled with the devastated post-war economy, the horse industry declined locally.

Many racehorses foaled in America descended from Sir Archy, including legends Secretariat, Man O'War and Seabiscuit seen here.
Horse Racing Trophy Jim Baney
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Sir Archy
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HM NumberHM1S05
Placed ByTobacco Heritage Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 767281 N 4068670
Decimal Degrees36.72615000, -78.00711667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 43.569', W 78° 0.427'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 43' 34.14" N, 78° 0' 25.62" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)434
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Tobacco Heritage Trail, Brodnax VA 23920, US
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