Our History

Darby Dan Farm, Ohio is owned and operated by the Galbreath Family and though it’s just 10 miles west of Columbus, Ohio, it gives one the feel of being on an old peaceful country estate and has been in the family over 85 years. Darby Dan Farm was purchased in 1935 and was originally only 135 acres. Today, the farm is over 1,500 acres.

John W. Galbreath was the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Team from 1946-1985. He is the only man in the world to win both a World Series Championship and a Kentucky Derby. Mr. Galbreath bought the Amish Farm at just 110 acres and expanded the property to 4,500 acres to begin breeding horses. Since then, 1,000 acres have been donated and 1,000 have been sold. The Farm is now managed by his grandson, John W Galbreath II. The Darby House, built on the original 110 acres, was named after the Darby creek which sits directly behind the property. It was originally built for entertaining guests for a variety of activities, such as movie showings, watching baseball, hosting dinners, and more. The Darby House is still family-owned and is now in the fourth generation.

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Mr. Galbreath's legacy in horseracing

  • The only man in history to win both the Kentucky Derby and World Series
  • Won the World Series 3 times, 1960, 1971 & 1979
  • Won Kentucky Derby twice, 1963 & 1967
  • Won Preakness Stakes once, Belmont Stakes twice
  • Won the Breeder’s Cup Classic
  • Won the English Derby
  • Won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder, 1974

More recently, the Galbreath’s are now in their 3rd generation of baseball ownership and currently share part ownership of the Washington Nationals who won the 2019 World Series.

The Galbreath family is the only family to have won World Series championships with two different baseball clubs– the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals.

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