Beallsville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Importance of Horses
Horses were brought to this continent by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. Their speed and endurance were invaluable in the New World. In early America. specific breeds were relatively unknown. Horses were identified by color, gender, and size, or by their use. Horses were small, standing only 14 to 15 hands (56 to 60 inches). Physical characteristics mattered to the prospective buyer—a healthy horse could be used for farming. transportation. combat and recreation. Before mechanized transportation, horses were essential for a variety of services from Pony Express mail delivery to pulling water trucks for fighting fires. Reliance on the horse in everyday society began to decline in the early 20th century with the introduction of the automobile.
Montgomery County is Horse Country
Of the 87,000 horses registered in Maryland, 12,000 are in Montgomery County. More than 20,000 acres in the county are dedicated to horse farms. This equestrian community contributes over $200 million to the area economy, as horses are the primary consumers of locally grown hay. Recognizing the need for an equestrian park, the late Mr. William Rickman, Sr., donated 118 acres of land at Woodstock to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 2000. The property
Location. 39° 11.458′ N, 77° 25.192′ W. Marker is in Beallsville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Darnestown Road. Click for map. Marker is in the Woodstock Equestrian Park at 20207 Darnestown Road (MD 28). Marker is in this post office area: Beallsville MD 20839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brewer Farmstead (within shouting distance of this marker); African American Soldiers from Montgomery County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington's Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); In Loving Memory (approx. 0.8 miles away); Beallsville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Seneca Stone Barn (approx. 1.3 miles away); Linden Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beallsville.
Categories. • Agriculture • Animals • Sports •
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