The Rich History of Darby House in Galloway, OH

Founded in 1935 by John W. Galbreath, Darby Dan Farm has a vibrant history you can feel the moment you step onto the estate. Originally 110 acres, the farm’s name was derived from the surrounding creek, Big Darby Creek, and John Galbreath’s son’s name, Daniel. In 1949, Galbreath purchased a sister farm of the same name located in Kentucky.

Crops grown on the Ohio farm include corn and soybeans, and there are 24 rental homes located across the property. Bison and white-spotted fallow, a deer native to Asia, are kept on the farm, while other wild animals such as deer and great blue herons can be spotted as well. The stunning entrance to the gated estate features a half mile drive with 160 red maple trees, as well as an adjacent drive with flourishing crabapple trees.

At one time, the Farm expanded to 4,500 acres and included 56 miles of fencing. Since then, 1,000 acres were donated to the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, and another 1,000 acres were sold.

In 1954, Darby House was built on the original 110 acres of the Farm by Galbreath for entertaining guests with movie showings, baseball viewings, elaborate dinners, and more. The original structure included the current Dining Room space, and the foyer and Racing Room were later built as add-ons. Overlooking Big Darby Creek, Darby House provides a picturesque setting for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, bridal and baby showers, corporate retreats, and more.

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John Galbreath, a building contractor by trade, was an avid baseball and horse racing fan. In 1946, he became a part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and would later go on to win three World Series Championships with the team in 1960, 1971, and 1979. The championship trophies can be seen today displayed at Darby House. During Galbreath’s time with the Pirates, Roberto Clemente was drafted by the team, and his uniform, bat, and other paraphernalia are likewise on display at Darby House.

Galbreath also oversaw the breeding and training of race horses on the Farm. In 1963, his horse Chateaugay won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes – just shy of a Triple Crown. Galbreath would go on to win the Kentucky Derby for a second time in 1967 with horse Proud Clarion. He remains the only person in history to win both a Kentucky Derby and World Series Championship.

Across the Atlantic, Galbreath won the Epsom Derby in England with horse Roberto in 1972, making him one of four people who have won both the Kentucky Derby and Epsom Derby. Other notable wins include the Preakness and Belmont Stakes with horse Little Current in 1974 and the Breeders’ Cup in 1985 with horse Proud Truth.

Galbreath passed away in 1988, but his legacy lives on. Today, the Farm is in its fourth generation of family ownership and spans 2,200 acres. His grandson likewise has carried on the baseball tradition and is currently a part-owner of the Washington Nationals.

With a rich history and elegant setting, Darby House is built for you and sets the stage for the start of your own adventure.

Timeline of Darby House history

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