Virginia Senator and well known breeder and exhibitor of Hackney horses.
1850-1916 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Educated at Virginia Military Institute, Henry Fairfax was a civil engineer who inherited the Oak Hill Farm near Roanoke, Virginia, from his father. Oak Hill had been the estate of President James Monroe.
Fairfax served in the state senate from 1890 to 1900, but is best known for breeding and showing Hackney horses. Fairfax served as president of the Hackney Breeders’ Association of America and the Virginia State Fair Association.
Did You Know?
Oak Hill was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and six years later it was added to the National Register of Historic Places before being placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1969.