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Caroline County in midway between Richmond and Washington, DC. It is surrounded by scenic rivers—the Rappahannock to the north, the Mattaponi to the south and the North Anna River to the southwest. The county is known as the birthplace of thoroughbred horse racing in North America. Visitors will find numerous outdoor recreational opportunities at the Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area in Rappahannock Academy. Sites of historical significance, including several Virginia Civil War Trails, dot the area. Golf lovers will find challenging courses in Caroline County.
Caroline County was established in the British colony of Virginia in 1728, and during the colonial period, the Arabian horses that were imported from England formed the basis of American breeding horses. The famous race horse Secretariat, native to Caroline County, won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes to be named the winner of the esteemed Triple Crown in 1973.
Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area
The Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area offers 934 acres and a wide range of outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy hunting, hiking and exploring the wetland habitats. The wildlife preserve is home to an abundance of deer, turkeys, ducks, quail and woodcock. Anglers will find fishing for largemouth bass and crappie in nearby Rappahannock River, and herring can be found at Waring Creek herring during springtime. Hikers can use walking trails near the center of the area.
A Walk Back in History
A good place to start exploring American history is the Port Royal Museum of American History. Visitors will view authentic items from Native Americans, colonial times, presidential memorabilia and, of course, Civil War history. The museum is housed in the former Union First Market Bank near routes 301 and 17. There is an old schoolhouse in the area, and the site of the capture of John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated President Lincoln, is nearby. Virginia Civil War Trails lead to five historical sites in Caroline County, and the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine features the location where the general spent the last days of his life.
Living in Caroline County
Residents of Caroline County have all the advantages of suburban living, coupled with easy access to restaurants, dining and recreation nearby. Ryan Homes, one of the nation's foremost real estate developers, offers luxurious single-family homes in the area with well-designed layouts, spacious homesites and desirable amenities. Homes typically include such features as impressive entrance foyers, oversized great rooms, country kitchens and private owner’s suites.