Secretariat Birthplace Tours
***As a cautionary measure, the Secretariat Birthplace Tours have been suspended indefinitely, due to the spread of the coronavirus in Virginia. At this time, it is not known when the tours will resume. Please check this website for future updates.***
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register!
The Meadow Event Park, formerly Meadow Stable, is the site where Secretariat was born, raised and first trained. Educational signage is posted at the historic barns and other points of interest.
Points of interest include:
On the north side:
- Original yearling and stallion barns built in the 1930s. This includes the stall in the yearling barn where Secretariat stayed as a colt in 1971.
- The Cove, where the Meadow mares and foals grazed
- Secretariat stride markers showing his enormous 25-foot racing stride
- Meadow Hall mansion with galleries of framed photos depicting the history of the farm and Secretariat’s Triple Crown races, along with Meadow Stable memorabilia and the riding outfits of Penny Chenery and her father Christopher Chenery
- The Meadow Stable horse cemetery where Imperatrice, Hill Prince and Sun Beau are buried
The historic cemetery on the front lawn of the mansion, marked with a memorial plaque about the Morris family who founded The Meadow in 1805; their descendant Christopher Chenery would establish Meadow Stable in 1936 here at his ancestral homeplace.
On the south side:
- Secretariat’s foaling shed where he was born on March 30, 1970. Though it was moved from its original location on the north side, it is the same structure and is listed on the state and national historic registers.
- Secretariat’s training barn where he stayed when he was in training at the Meadow training track in the fall of 1971. A plaque marks the stall where he first wore a saddle and bridle and had a jockey on his back.
Come visit the Virginia farm that produced an American legend! A portion of proceeds go to our new non-profit, the Secretariat Heritage Center, for the restoration of the historic barns at The Meadow. See www.secretariatheritagecenter.org for more info.