KEYSTONE CLUSTER 2021: THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE GREAT SECRETARIAT HOSTS A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER
“THE PARTY WAS HELD AT THE BREATHTAKINGLY WONDERFUL MEADOW HALL, A RECREATION OF THE FORMER ESTATE HOME OF THE LATE PENNY CHENERY, WELL-KNOWN TO THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING FANS AS THE BREEDER OF THE WORLD-FAMOUS AND RECORD-SETTING TRIPLE CROWN WINNER, ‘SECRETARIAT.’”
Following his acquisition of the property, Mr. Chenery restored and expanded the original home and went on to establish and build Meadow Stables. He built the original barns and established the Thoroughbred bloodlines that would produce many outstanding racehorses and broodmares. It is here that on March 30, 1970 the legendary Secretariat was born. A couple years before the birth of the legendary horse, Mr. Chenery fell ill and had to be hospitalized. His daughter, Penny, was forced into the management of The Meadow. Sadly, Mr. Chenery passed in January of 1973 and did not see the incompa- rable Triple Crown Run of Secretariat. If you know anything about estate taxes, it would not surprise you to know that after Mr. Chenery’s estate was settled in 1979, there was not enough money left for Penny to keep The Meadow. As a result, she had to sell her beloved farm. Over the next several
If you are a Thoroughbred horse racing fan, this year’s “Casino Night” was a very special one to attend. The party was held at the breathtakingly wonderful Meadow Hall, a recreation of the for- mer estate home of the late Penny Chenery, well-known to Thor- oughbred horse racing fans as the breeder of the world-famous and record-setting Triple Crown winner, “Secretariat.” Meadow Hall is adorned with paintings and photos of many famous horses, and of course, plenty of special photos from the career of Secretariat. There is also a portrait of Penny Chenery, and a tour of the artwork on the home’s walls is a lesson in horse racing history. The Meadow was founded in 1805 by Dr. Charles S. Morris, an ancestor of Christopher Chenery. The original house was built in 1812, and The Meadow stayed in the Morris family for nearly 100 years. Mr. Chenery (Penny’s Father) purchased the farm in 1936 during The Great Depression.
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