The73rd Annual Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races, Nov. 2007
The Montpelier Hunt Races have been held on the front lawn
of James Madisonís Montpelier since 1924. The gates opened this year at 9:30
Am. There was a good turn out of Madison Family Descendants for the races, and
again this year! It was a beautiful fall day, and it began with the Jack
Russell races which was fun to watch!
Those family members that have joined the Madison Cabinet
(the support group for the Montpelier Foundation) began their morning with a hunt
breakfast under a large tent in front of the mansion. †Many of the family membersís tail-gated, and
brought virtual feasts with them. There were several Smithfield Hams and
Virginia biscuits scattered among us.
Some of our family memberís who attended this year included Gail
Babnew, Peggy Macon Boeker, Frederick Madison Smith, The Honorable Helen Marie
Taylor, Sally Madison Macon Dixon, John Macon, Harriet Garrett, William
Garrett, Susan Garrett, Ridge and Delane Porter, Eleanor Porter, Susan Fogg and
daughter, Sam and Pam Wornom, Billy Thornton, Ann Thornton, Lee Belfield Heath,
Carol and Charles Alderman.
It was a great weekend. The races were fun. There were
parties in the county, and a number of us got to see farms (other than
Montpelier) that once belonged to our ancestorís. Dining in Gordonsville,
Orange, Culpepper, and Keswick just keeps getting better and better each year.
It is no wonder that Orange County has become arguably the most interesting
county to visit in Virginia.