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Randolph in Orange County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Justin Morgan Log Cabin Home Site

 
 
Justin Morgan Log Cabin Home Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, November 8, 2020
1. Justin Morgan Log Cabin Home Site Marker
Inscription.  
In 1788 Justin Morgan and his family moved from Springfield, MA, to Vermont, living in a log cabin once located on the opposite side of Neighbor Road in the Town of Randolph. Most famous for the horse breed that bears his name, Morgan was a farmer, stallioneer, tavern keeper, town clerk, singing and writing teacher, and musical composer of notable talent. He composed sacred musical renditions of poetry and psalms known as fuguing tunes or psalmody. His work was published in The Federal Harmony (1790) and The Philadelphia Harmony (1791). Morgan’s most frequently printed fuguing tune was Montgomery (1790), set to Psalm 63. Justin Morgan died in March 1798 and was interred in Randolph Center Cemetery next to his wife Martha.

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The Morgan Horse
Born in 1789 in Massachusetts, the founding sire for the Morgan horse breed was a compact bay colt named Figure. In 1792 Justin Morgan acquired the stallion, moving him to Vermont. Figure was pastured in the neighboring field of Judge Fredrick Griswold on the north side of Neighbor Road in the Town of Brookfield. Figure possessed a legendary ability to
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By Dennis Gilkenson, November 8, 2020
2. The Morgan Horse
walk, trot, run and pull better than other horses. Sold by Justin Morgan in order to purchase land in Moretown, the horse spent a hard life working on farms, hauling freight, and as a parade mount at militia trainings. His stud services were offered throughout the Connecticut River Valley, with his most famous sons, Sherman, Bulrush, and Woodbury, carrying on his legacy. Figure died in 1821.
 
Erected 2020 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 43° 59.316′ N, 72° 35.64′ W. Marker is in Randolph, Vermont, in Orange County. Marker is on Neighbor Road west of Curtis Road (Local Highway 52), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Randolph VT 05060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Randolph State Normal School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Randolph (approx. 3.4 miles away); Jonathan Peckham Miller (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Floating Bridge (approx. 3.8 miles away); Chelsea War Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Tunbridge World's Fair
Justin Morgan Log Cabin Home Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, November 8, 2020
3. Justin Morgan Log Cabin Home Site Marker
(approx. 8.6 miles away); Tunbridge Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away); Roxbury Fish Culture Station (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Justin Morgan (Wikipedia). (Submitted on November 10, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Morgan horse (Wikipedia). (Submitted on November 10, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2020, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2020, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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