“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Emporia in Greensville County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Fearnought Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. Fearnought Marker
Inscription. The famous Thoroughbred racehorse Fearnought, a dominating racer in Great Britain and the foremost colonial-era sire in America, was foaled in England in 1755. In 1764, John Baylor brought him to Newmarket in Caroline County, where he stood at stud until Baylor's death in 1772. William Edwards, of Hicksford (now Emporia), then bought Fearnought and owned him until the horse died in 1776. During his 12 years in Virginia, Fearnought was the leading stallion in America, siring mounts of superior size, strength, and speed. His offspring won many races and carried civil and military leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Gen. Horatio Gates.
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM 54.)
Location. 36° 41.527′ N, 77° 32.39′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia, in Greensville County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 301) and Virginia Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Butts Tavern (a few steps from this marker); John Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Hicksford Raid
North Main Street (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. North Main Street (facing north)
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emporia Railroad History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tarleton's Movements (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hicksford Raid Monument (approx. mile away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. mile away); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Emporia.
Also see . . .
1. Thoroughbred Heritage. Fearnought (Submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Baylors of Newmarket: The Decline and Fall of a Virginia Planter Family. 2009 book by Thomas Katheder on John Baylor the person from whom William Edwards purchased Fearnought. (Submitted on July 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
Categories. AnimalsColonial EraSports
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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