The Dorey Family

The Dorey Family (HM26EW)

Location: Henrico, VA 23231 Henrico County
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N 37° 28.16', W 77° 20.175'

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Dairy Farmers in Henrico

Dairy farming became the new agricultural industry in Henrico County during the period following the Civil War. As early as 1880, there were 2,181 milk cows in the county. By the early 20th century, agriculturists boasted Henrico as the "Dairy County of Virginia."

In the early 1900s, Francis Frederick Dorey and Sarah Ellen Rose Dorey moved with their eight children from Barron County, Wisconsin to Henrico County, Virginia. Considered one of the most progressive farmers in Barron County, Francis Dorey transported all of his dairy cattle to his property in Varina in search of a milder climate.

Henrico County proclaimed in 1919 that "nearly everyone had some registered dairy cattle and all farms were sanitary and had up-to-date barns." The number of dairy cattle continued to rise with over 5,000 head of dairy cattle documented in 1929, the height of milk production in the county.

Fred Orwin Dorey, youngest son of Francis and Ellen, married Belle Ferguson in 1923. Together they raised six children on the Dorey homestead site in Varina. The 400-acre property consisted of a farmhouse, dairy barn, bunkhouse, tenant farmer house, chicken house, springhouse, silos and a small barn. Although dairy operations like Dorey and Curles Neck survived into the 1960s, by 1950 there were less

than 3,000 milk cows in the entire county. Fred continued the dairy operation begun by his father in the late 19th century through 1966.

Fred Orwin Dorey died in 1973. His widow, Belle Ferguson Dorey, sold the property to Henrico County in 1979 and it was opened as a park in 1984. The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks renovated the dairy barn and opened it to the public in 1992 as the Dorey Recreation Center.

Dorey Farm, ca. 1930
Sarah Ellen Rose Dorey and her granddaughter Phyllis Beasley at Dorey Farm, ca. 1925. The driver of the dairy cart is unidentified.
HM NumberHM26EW
Placed ByCounty of Henrico
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Date Added Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293399 N 4149502
Decimal Degrees37.46933333, -77.33625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 28.16', W 77° 20.175'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 28' 9.6" N, 77° 20' 10.5" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7200 Dorey Park Dr, Henrico VA 23231, US
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