Maud s room
This room features hand-ragged walls and a queen iron bed with fluffy down comforter, gas-flame corner fireplace, television/VCR with cable, air conditioning in-season, CD player and private bath with 72" Jacuzzi whirlpool tub. Total Room Size: 17ft. x 15 ft.( including bath)
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Why it’s called the Maud S. Room
Each Carriage House room is named after a racehorse owned by the Bonners, who owned Hampton Terrace at the turn of the century. They were the most famous owners of racehorses in the country at that time.
Maud S. was one of Mr. Bonner’s racehorses who broke the world record seven times between 1880 and 1885, lowering it from 2:11 3/4 to 2:08 3/4. She retired with the record, which was subsequently lowered by Sunol, another Bonner horse.
"Queen of the Turf," Maud S. was foaled in 1874 in Kentucky, a light-red chestnut. She was sold to Capt. George M. Stone in 1877 for $350. After trotting a mile in 2:17 1/2 at Lexington, KY in 1878, she was immediately bought by William H. Vanderbilt for $21,000. She was used as Vanderbilt's roadhorse until 1884, when she was returned to the turf to lower the record to 2:10 and was sold to Robert Bonner for $40,000. It was well documented that Vanderbilt turned down $100,000 from a racing syndicate in order that his favorite and most famous horse spend the rest of her days in Bonner's benevolent care. While in his stable she trotted her record mile in 2:08 3/4 at Cleveland, OH, this being the seventh time she had lowered the world record in six years. In 1885 she was permanently retired as a road horse and died on March 17, 1901, her obituary appearing on the front page of the New York Times. She is buried in Tarrytown, NY, next to the immortal, Dexter. <p >Excerpt, Life With the Trotters, John Splan, 1889
After Rarus had been retired from the turf, St. Julien was the first horse to beat his record; then came Maud S., and she had lowered the trotting record to 2:09, people said there was one horse, the best in the land, that Mr. Bonner could not own, because she was the property of a man many times a millionaire, the late Wm. H. Vanderbilt. But strangely enough it came about that Mr. Bonner eventually did own Maud S., and when he became her owner it was through the wish of Mr. Vanderbilt, and not only for the reason that Mr. Bonner was his personal friend, but that, as in the case of Mr. Conklin and Rarus, it was his wish that the famous daughter of Harold should become the property of the man in whose possession she would always be guaranteed a life of ease, so long as she might live.
Praise for Hampton Terrace
What wonderful innkeepers you are! Our visit at your Hampton Terrace last weekend was most delightful and the breakfasts were outstanding and most delicious. Thank you for your most courteous attention and I enjoyed hearing your stories, Stan. Do write them down for the children.
Montgomery AL Symphony