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Near Doswell in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Meadow Farm

Birthplace of Secretariat

 
 
Meadow Farm - Birthplace of Secretariat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
1. Meadow Farm - Birthplace of Secretariat Marker
Inscription. This famous horsebreeding farm was established in 1936 by Christopher T. Chenery and continued under the management of his daughter, Helen “Penny” Chenery until 1979. Secretariat (1970–-1989), also known as “Big Red,” was born and trained here. A bright chestnut stallion with a white star and narrow stripe, he was a horse of uncommon excellence as he proved when he captured the Triple Crown in 1973. His win at the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths won him the love and admiration of the nation. Other notable Thoroughbreds such as Riva Ridge, Hill Prince and First Landing also were raised at Meadow Farm.
 
Erected 1990 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number ND 10.)
 
Location. 37° 51.001′ N, 77° 25.185′ W. Marker is near Doswell, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is on Dawn Blvd. (Virginia Route 30) 1.8 miles east of Interstate 95, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, VA 23047, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Indian Tool Making Camps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Volcano (approx. 1.3
Marker along Dawn Blvd. (SR 30) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
2. Marker along Dawn Blvd. (SR 30)
miles away); The Scooby-Doo Ghoster Coaster (approx. 1.4 miles away); Boulder Bumpers (approx. 1.5 miles away); Ranger Smith's Jeep Tour (approx. 1.5 miles away); Boo Boo's Tree Swings (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Wave Swinger (approx. 1.5 miles away); Water Works (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
Also see . . .
1. Secretariat.com. A site for all things related to this great horse. (Submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Meadow Event Park. Home of the State Fair of Virginia. (Submitted on April 10, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Meadow Farm transitions to The Meadow Event Park...
Plans call for restoration of the foaling shed and several stall barns used by Secretariat, as well as a display paying homage to The Meadow’s equestrian history, and later a Museum of the Virginia Horse...At least it's not another shopping mall or McMansion pseudo-estate.
The Meadow mansion image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 30, 2013
3. The Meadow mansion
The former main house of the horse farm is now a center piece of the Meadow Event Park, the home of the State Fair of Virginia.
    — Submitted April 10, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyAnimalsNotable EventsSports
 
Meadow Farm yearling barn image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 30, 2013
4. Meadow Farm yearling barn
This barn housed both Secretariat (in 1971) and Riva Ridge (in 1970). The stall on the farthest right traditionally housed the most promising colt.
Meadow Farm yearling barns image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 30, 2013
5. Meadow Farm yearling barns
Barns and paddocks at Meadow Farm image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
6. Barns and paddocks at Meadow Farm
Detail of The Meadow's main entrance image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 30, 2013
7. Detail of The Meadow's main entrance
Penny Chenery during 2013 Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Meadow image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 30, 2013
8. Penny Chenery during 2013 Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Meadow
Chenery receiving from Virginia Delegate John Cox the House Joint Resolution No. 561 Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown triumph
Meadow Farm Marker (painted over) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2009
9. Meadow Farm Marker (painted over)
This photograph caught the marker in mid-rehabilitation. After the silver paint dries, a second visit is when the black paint is applied. —Ed.
Meadow Farm Marker (painted over) still standing image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2009
10. Meadow Farm Marker (painted over) still standing
"The Meadow Event Park" under construction. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2009
11. "The Meadow Event Park" under construction.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 11,897 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 30, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   6. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on March 30, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   9, 10, 11. submitted on April 10, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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