Virginia is for Lovers. That’s one of our state slogans. But Virginia is also for horse lovers.
See, it’s a real thing!
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I have, like, no horse experience. Unless you count that time at sixth grade sleep-away camp where we got to ride horses. They walked in a line. We were told that our horses had a special order that they naturally liked to be in, and we shouldn’t try to change the order. Wouldn’t ya know it, mine liked to be last. So, other than that, I really can’t say I know much about equestrianism. But, I do think they are beautiful animals, and I can see the appeal. I can only imagine how awesome an experience it must be to ride in the beautiful Virginia countryside.
Part of the Virginia horse culture are the exclusive hunt clubs. Considered the most exclusive hunt club is the Orange County Hunt. It’s located in The Plains, Virginia, a little less than an hour outside of D.C. Jackie Kennedy was a member in her years as First Lady. She was an accomplished equestrienne, and it’s neat to see photos of her around horses.
You can imagine how excited I was to find this rare Orange County Hunt territory map circa 1947. It predates Jackie’s involvement in The Hunt, but it is a fascinating piece of history.
It has some significant fading, but I just love this piece! I actually did a little calling around, and reached a member of the current Orange County Hunt. He told me that these maps were produced as fundraisers years ago. The center of the map shows an aerial photograph of The Hunt’s territory. The names on the right hand side are the farms/owners in the area. He said that probably only around 100 were ever made. It would be fairly unlikely that many from 1947 have survived!
Here are some close-ups:
I’m really not sure right now what I’ll do with this piece. I don’t think I have a spot for it, and I’m not sure how to value it for the Pursuing Vintage shop. What would you do with it?