Meet Rita Mae Brown at Fair Hill Hounds Fund Raiser on May 18
- April 4, 2019
- By Staff Writers
FAIR HILL, Md.--Fox hunting or fox chasing as some prefer has been held over the 5000 acres of the former Willie duPont grounds since the 1940's.
Mr. duPont brought his hounds up from Virginia to establish his Foxcatcher Farm in Fair Hill, Md.
Upon his death in 1965 his daughter, Jean Sheehan, became the Master of the Foxcatcher Hounds.
In 1974, the State of Maryland purchased the land with many acres to be opened as a public park, but Jean was able to continue hunting until she retired the Foxcatcher Hounds in 1980.
Along came Miss Patsy duPont who had been hunting with both Willie and Jean as she grew up.
She was able to reach a lease agreement with the State of Maryland to continue hunting with her own hounds.
Miss Patsy was the most gracious of neighbors inviting many to hunt with her. She passed away in 2013.
Many of us who followed hounds with Miss Patsy and her wonderful huntsman, Kevin Whyte, were saddened by her death.
With the help of a well known Maryland resident, Lana duPont Wright, a group assumed the foxhunting lease, and Fair Hill Hounds was established in 2013.
Miss Patsy had the means to cover the expenses of not only the lease but the upkeep of her hounds, staff horses and full time staff.
Since Fair Hill Hounds was established, our small group of enthusiastic fox chasers have tried to keep the tradition of foxhunting throughout Fair Hill's countryside.
Fair Hill Hound's is having a fund raiser the evening of May 18 at 6:30 in collaboration with Fair Hill International.
The well known author, Rita Mae Brown, and Master of her own Oak Ridge Hunt in Afton, Va., will present "FASHIONS IN FOX HUNTING."
All proceeds from the sale of the Pasta Dinner tickets, Rita Mae Brown book sales, silent and live auction will go toward keeping Fair Hill Hounds running over hill and dale for 2019-2020.
Checks in the amount of $30.00 made out to Fair Hill Hounds can be mailed to 209 Fox Run Lane Lincoln University, Pa. 19352.
For more details http://www.FairHillInternational.org