History of Montpelier Races
In 1901, William duPont purchased the Montpelier estate, located four miles west of the Town of Orange, in Virginia’s Piedmont Region. It was the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States. Mr. duPont’s daughter, Marion duPont Scott, an accomplished horsewoman, resided at Montpelier until her death in 1983, at which time the duPont family transferred the property to theNational Trust For Historic Preservation.
Mrs. Scott and her brother, William duPont, Jr., were responsible for creating many of steeplechase and flat racing’s best known venues, including Delaware Park in Delaware, the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area, home to the National Steeplechase Association Headquarters and its race course in Maryland, the Camden Race Course, South Carolina, home of the Carolina Cup and the Colonial Cup Races and in 1929, she inaugurated the Montpelier Races. As an owner, Mrs. Scott bred a series of winners from excellent Thoroughbred bloodlines. In 1932, her horse Trouble Maker won the Maryland Hunt Cup, regarded as America’s most challenging timber race, and in 1938, her horse Battleship, a son of Man O War, became the first American bred horse to win the British Grand National Steeplechase. Other winners campaigned under her French blue, old rose and silver colors were Mongo, Accra and Annapolis, another son of Man O War.
Regarded by many as America’s First Lady of Racing, Marion duPont Scott generously supported the equine industry throughout her life. She donated funds to construct Virginia’s leading equine medical center in Leesburg, which is named in her honor. Her legacy continues with the running of the Montpelier Races, a premier event on the national Steeplechase Association’s circuit, which is always held on the first Saturday in November.
With the mansion's architectural restoration complete, come witness the investigation, discovery, and installation of Madison furnishings and décor. Watch as curators bring James and Dolley Madison's home back to life.
2012 Poster Painting
Clarice Smith is described by critics as an intriguing and enigmatic artist. Belonging to no school, yet clearly influenced by several traditions, she creates a world through paint that is at the same time tangible and distant; familiar yet disquieting. Her oeuvre includes portraits, florals, landscapes, still-lifes and horses painted with ease, yet a convincing reality and an ambience unique to a particular place. Both in technique and mood, her paintings share little with the strict photo-realists who are her contemporaries but are rather linked to earlier painters who are her inspiration. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries in the United States and abroad including an exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2011. She is represented by the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City. See more of her work at www.claricesmith.com