DOSWELL (Apr 10, 2014) — Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
Tours of Secretariat’s birthplace at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County have been expanded to five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The tours, which require advance reservations, are open to large or small groups and individuals and will run from April through mid-November. The narrated tours are conducted by Leeanne Meadows Ladin, Secretariat tourism manager and author/historian. Ladin is co-author of the award-winning book Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend, which she wrote with Kate Chenery Tweedy. Tweedy is the daughter of Penny Chenery, who owned and raced Secretariat.
In the tours, Ladin shares exclusive behind-the-scenes stories about the original 1805 farm, the family and the famous horses of Meadow Stable in its heyday. Visitors will see Secretariat’s foaling shed, the property’s historic yearling, stallion and training barns and other points of interest. A new attraction is the Museum of the Virginia Horse in Meadow Hall mansion. Its inaugural exhibit traces the history of the horse in Virginia from colonial times to the present. Meadow Hall also houses the Meadow Champions Galleries, the Triple Crown Room and a gift shop that offers Secretariat souvenirs and book signings.
“Horse lovers and history lovers alike will enjoy these tours,” Ladin said. “They are ideal outings for corporate or civic groups, senior living communities, 4-H clubs, families and others who want to see the Virginia farm that produced an American legend.”
Tram tours can be scheduled for groups of 20 or more, while smaller parties can enjoy the walking tours. The cost of a tour is $10 per adult, $5 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Tour availability is subject to the ongoing event schedule of The Meadow Event Park.
The Meadow Event Park is owned by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and is home to the State Fair of Virginia and other events.