The famous Thoroughbred racehorse Fearnought, a dominating racer in Great Britain and the foremost colonial-era sire in America, was foaled in England in 1755. In 1764, John Baylor brought him to Newmarket in Caroline County, where he stood at stud until Baylor's death in 1772. William Edwards, of Hicksford (now Emporia), then bought Fearnought and owned him until the horse died in 1776. During his 12 years in Virginia, Fearnought was the leading stallion in America, siring mounts of superior size, strength, and speed. His offspring won many races and carried civil and military leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Gen. Horatio Gates.
Year On Marker: 2006
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Geographic Location: Emporia
Physical Description of Location: Emporia, VA 23847. Located on North Main Street (Hwy 301), 0.4 miles south of the intersection of North Main Street (Hwy 301) and US-56 Bypass. Marker is on the left when traveling south on North Main Street (Hwy 301).
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