After many years of sitting with dignity and grace on the hill overlooking the Elkhorn River, the main Dixiana Farm House & Guest House, rumored to be a part of the underground railroad, was restored to her original beauty, both inside and out in 2018.
In May 2009, Mr. Shively purchased Domino Stud, the half of the original Dixiana Farm that was sold off in 1947, from the widow of owner Kenneth Jones who died at the age of 90 in October 2008. For the first time in more than 60 years, the historic Dixiana Farm is now restored to..Read More
Mary Wibel put Dixiana Farm on the market to be passed on once again. After her ownership of nearly 20 years, the farm was purchased in 2004 by Gainesville, Florida businessman and current owner William Shively. At the time, Mr. Shively was the owner of Tomoka Hills Farm in Florida (which produced Florida Older Horse..Read More
Once again Dixiana was sold after a legacy of 58 years within the Fisher family. Mary Lou Wibel, a businesswoman from Tennessee, purchased Dixiana for $5,953,400 with partner Bruce Kline, also farm manager. They soon turned the farm into a successful commercial breeding and boarding operation. During the late ’80s and ’90s, Dixiana was 300..Read More
Dixiana remained intact until 1947 when Fisher sold about half of the acreage to Royce G. Martin, who then launched Woodvale Stud. That property was resold several times and later became Domino Stud.
During the 1930s, Dixiana also enjoyed prosperity and notoriety as a saddle horse farm. Charles and Sarahs daughter, Mary V. Fisher was an accomplished gaited horse show woman. She was awarded the honors of being the first saddle horse rider inducted into the National Horse Show Hall of Fame and then later inducted into the..Read More
Foaled in 1931 at Dixiana, Mata Hari was an outstanding racehorse and broodmare for the Fishers’. She was a multiple stakes winner and beat all the boys in the 1933 Breeders’ Futurity. She couldn’t catch them all in the 1934 Kentucky Derby finishing 4th but came back to beat them again in the Illinois Derby..Read More
In 1928, Charles T. Fisher of Detroit and his wife Sarah, purchased Dixiana, (which at the time was approximately 900 acres) for $240,000. Fisher, along with his brothers’, founded the Fisher Body Company which produced auto bodies for companies such as Cadillac and Ford. In 1919, General Motors purchased Fisher Body Company for a reported..Read More
James Cox Brady, a famous traction magnate from New York was next in line to take over the ownership of Dixiana. He spent a substantial amount of money to restore the farm to its famous Thoroughbred nursery status. James Brady was the son of millionaire Anthony N. Brady who in 1900 was the largest shareholder..Read More
Due to disappointing sale prices and unsettled debts, Major Thomas found himself forced to sell the farm named for his beloved mare. First, the farm was passed to Jacob Sechler Coxey, who only held the farm for a couple of years. Coxey is most famously known for his “Industrial Army” know as “Coxey’s Army,” who..Read More