When it's this cold, you want to stay inside. But why not stay inside at someone else's house?

Belair Mansion was built around 1745 for Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle and his wife, Anne Tasker Ogle. It later became one of the homes of William Woodward, a noted American horseman of the 20th century. Enlarged by Woodward in 1914, the Mansion today reflects its 250-year use as a residence and horse breeding farm.

It was home to such famous thoroughbred racehorses as Gallant Fox (right) and his son Omaha, both Triple Crown winners.

Today, the mansion reflects the lives of residents from 1747 to 1950. The museum collection contains a wide array of objects, including:

  • A magnificent Colonial Revival card table owned by William Woodward
  • A table made by Annapolis craftsman John Shaw
  • An 18th century portrait of Col. Benjamin Tasker by artist John Wollaston
  • Family silver
  • Paintings of "The Seasons," given to Samuel Ogle by Maryland's Proprietor, Lord Baltimore
  • Woodward's privately issued prints of a number of Belair Stud's famous Thoroughbred racehorses

Belair Mansion
12207 Tulip Grove Dr.
Bowie, MD 20715
Free admission, with donations welcomed
Open Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 4:00 pm