Calvin B. Taylor House Museum

Historic Horse Displays

Built in 1832, the restored home that houses the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum depicts life in the Village of Berlin in the early 1800’s. Named for the town citizen who founded a bank in 1890 that is still in operation today, the house contains amazing period furniture.

The museum also dedicates one room on the second floor to the images of the Riddle Farm, the nationally famous equine center, where famous horses such as Man o’ War and War Admiral lived and trained. Life at the Riddle Farm is portrayed in the nation’s largest collection of vintage and modern photographs on the museums walls.

Man o’ War, voted the Horse of the Century in 2000, was born on March 29, 1917. Twenty-one years later, in 1938, his son, Triple Crown winner, War Admiral, would face his Grandson, Seabiscuit, in Baltimore in what is still considered the match racing event of the century. Unexpectedly won by Seabiscuit, this race is documented at the museum.

The Taylor Museum is on the corner of Baker and Main Streets in Berlin. Man o’ War would have walked past here several times from the train depot at Baker Street to the farm 5 miles away and back again to catch the train for horse racing challenges in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. This revered Horse won 20 of 21 contests and set 5 new records with his 26 foot stride.

Standing on the corner at Baker Street, you may hear the click-clack of hoofs as the ghosts of yesteryear walk past the museum that houses their images.