Celebrating Battleship

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In honor of the 74th anniversary of Battleship’s victory at Aintree and the long legacy of the duPont family at Montpelier, a collection of additional notable duPont objects are now on display in the William duPont Gallery at the Montpelier Visitor Center.

On March 25, 1938, Battleship, Marion duPont Scott’s stallion, became the first American-bred horse to win the British Grand National at Aintree (see video reel here). To date, Battleship is the only horse to reign victorious at both the American (1934) and English (1938) Grand National steeplechase races. Several equestrian artifacts, including Marion duPont Scott’s hunting crop with hound whip and spurs and a Montpelier Horse Show trophy, celebrate Montpelier’s longstanding racing legacy. In addition, a collection of portraits of William duPont, Jr. (Marion duPont Scott’s brother) and personal effects from his dressing table—including a pill box, comb, and brush—are on display.

The William duPont Gallery is open to all Montpelier visitors during normal business hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montpelier Staff