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

The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick

The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
1. The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick Marker
Inscription.  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
Tobacco Heritage Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
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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
Erected by Tobacco Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsColonial EraSportsWar, US Civil.
Location. 36° 43.569′ N, 78° 0.427′ W. Marker is in Broadnax, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is on Tobacco Heritage Trail, 1.9 miles east of Railroad Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rolling Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); Broadnax (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mecklenburg County / Brunswick County
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(approx. 2 miles away); Tobacco As a Way of Life (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bridges of Brunswick County (approx. 3.3 miles away); Brunswick County, Virginia (approx. 3.4 miles away); Brunswick County / Mecklenburg County (approx. 3.4 miles away); You are Traveling Through the Scenic Meherrin River Watershed! (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broadnax.
Also see . . .  Tobacco Heritage Trail. (Submitted on May 1, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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May. 19, 2022