Chinqua Penn Plans Saddle Exhibit
A special exhibit of equestrian-related items used by the original owners of Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyards, in Reidsville, will be presented at the historic site from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.
Chinqua Penn Plantation was built by the late Thomas "Jeff" and Beatrice "Betsy" Penn. The exhibit will be a feature of the guided tour of the Penn's mansion.
The pieces include a Kentucky-style saddle used by Mr. Penn; a "park saddle" often used by women in the 19th and early 20th centuries and belonging to Mrs. Penn; and an elegant Arabian breast collar and Chinese harness, used on a horse-drawn surrey (still at the historic site) by Betsy Penn to give fun rides to children visiting the farm.
Penn, a noted North Carolina businessman and farmer, and his wife built Chinqua Penn Plantation in the 1920s. The site is known for its extensive walking trails, but it also boasts a number of horse trails; the Penns were avid equestrians who enjoyed horseback rides over their 1,100-plus acre estate.
Now in private hands, the property is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chinqua Penn house tour admission is $20 for adults; $15 for seniors and students; $10 for youngsters 6 to 15; and free for children 5 and under.
For more information, call (336) 349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
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