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


Fearnought Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsColonial EraSports. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1755.
Location. 36° 41.527′ N, 77° 
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32.39′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Hicksford Raid (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); Meherrin River Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hicksford Raid Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emporia.
Also see . . .
1. Thoroughbred Heritage. Fearnought (Submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, 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 Powell, Ohio.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on 
North Main Street (facing north) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. North Main Street (facing north)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,584 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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