The Great Hound Match of 1905

The sport of foxhunting has remarkably deep roots in Northern Virginia. The first hounds were introduced to Virginia just a few decades after Englishmen landed at Jamestown. George Washington learned to love the sport as a young man, hunting with Lord Fairfax across his vast estates in the Northern Virginia piedmont. The Piedmont Fox Hounds–the oldest established hunt in America—was founded by Richard Dulany here in Loudoun County in 1840. During the Civil War, Confederate partisan John Mosby and his men passed their free time chasing foxes. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century, however, that this area achieved nationwide fame as the epicenter of American hunt culture. 

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