Belair Mansion

Historic Site

Editorial Review

Built about 1745 for Samuel Ogle, provincial governor of Maryland, this five-part Georgian mansion later was home to William Woodward, a famous horseman of the first half of the 20th century. The property also includes the stables of famous Belair Stud, a horse farm that operated continuously for more than 250 years until it closed in 1957. It was home to such famous thoroughbred racehorses as Gallant Fox and his son Omaha, both Triple Crown winners, and Nashua, 1955's Horse of the Year. The house is furnished in periods appropriate to its several owners, including paintings said to have been given to Governor Ogle by Lord Baltimore.

-- Hank Burchard