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Since the first settlers set foot here in the early 1600s...

horses have been a part of the heart of our Southern Maryland history. This exciting heritage trail will take you the site where the cavalry camped during the Civil War, to stops along an early stagecoach route and along the path of an early Pony Express. Experience the thrill of the hounds and the hunt, trace the bloodlines of Maryland's champion Thoroughbreds, roam the grounds of plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days. Or if you're so inclined, find a riding trail and take up the reins for a day you won't soon forget.


Sites and Stories

Explore the ways that horses helped shape our heritage at these interesting stops and stories along this unique heritage Trail.




Find a fascinating glimpse of horse history in these archives of equine ephemera, vintage photos, documents and images of modern day sites.


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Interactive Map

Plot your route! Get directions, driving times and site descriptions with this interactive map of the Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail.

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Photo courtesy of Greenwell Foundation.

Let's Go!

Enjoy the excitement of a horse show, jousting tournament or fox hunt, or explore a modern-day horse farm and make a new four-footed friend.