Gainesville in Sumter County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Earliest known Morgan Horse in Alabama and one of the three major stallion sons sired by Justin Morgan, foundation sire of the breed. Woodbury was foaled in 1816 in Vermont, where he remained until sold to Norman Bugbee of Gainesville, Alabama, in 1836. Bugbee, a native of Vermont, had opened a store a few months earlier in this thriving port city, home of the North Sumter Race Course. In late 1836 Woodbury was shipped by sailing vessel from Boston, but became ill enroute and was injured during unloading. He never fully recovered and died in 1838. The U.S. Post Office at Gainesville is built on the site of Bugbee’s store.
Erected 1989 by Alabama Morgan Horse Club, Morgan Horse History Club, and the Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 49.371′ N, 88° 9.506′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Alabama, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (Alabama Route 116) and McKee Street (Alabama Route 39), on the right when traveling south on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville AL 35464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Gainesville (a few steps Town of Emelle, Alabama (approx. 11.2 miles away); Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church (approx. 13.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Woodbury (1816-1838) The First Morgan Horse in Alabama by Leslie R. Tate (pdf file). "Woodbury’s death in Gainesville, Alabama in 1838 had not ended his influence on the people of that area. Twenty years later in 1858, shortly before the Civil War began, a grandson of Woodbury — Norman Morgan Horse 3077 of Hartland, Vermont — was taken to Alabama and sold “near where old Woodbury had died.” During the Civil War he became a mount for a Confederate colonel. While nothing more is known of Norman Morgan, it is expected that his superb qualities were not lost on his owners.
As a final tribute to Woodbury and to the man who brought him to Alabama, a historical marker was purchased by the Morgan Horse Club of Alabama with donations from members and additional financial support from the Morgan Horse History Club. The marker was erected in Gainesville at a small park near the site of Bugbee’s store and near the Tombigbee River which had brought Woodbury to to his final home in Alabama." (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Pedigree for Woodbury Morgan (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.