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“Spend a couple of hours here!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Morven Park

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176
703 777 2414
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Spend a couple of hours here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Well worth visiting- great interactive tour and the place was fabulous. The price for the tour was reasonable ($4-6 each) and the guide was knowledgable and the rooms were fascinating- an original GE fridge, cherry splitter etc.

Visited March 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Check out this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Got an hour? Want a place not packed with tourists? Would you (or your date, or guests from out of town) like a little dose of beauty, scenery, history, or culture? Watch Downton Abbey? Take a drive to Leesburg and visit Morven. My 14-yr-old daughter liked it fine, and the little kids in our small tour group looked engaged too. (They hand the kids photos of items to find in each room, so it makes it a game.) I agree with another reviewer that a picnic lunch would have been perfect. Maybe a frisbee or kite too---the grounds are endless. We forgot to search for the rugged Civil War huts, but we will return again.
We also enjoyed learning for the first time about the last owner, fantastic American...Governor Westmoreland Davis, who moved down from NYC and worked hard to restore and improve the livelihoods and methods of farmers. A brilliant and altruistic individual.
And the Mansion Admission fee is only $5.

Visited February 2013
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Ashburn, Virginia
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“History with beauty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Always a beautiful place to visit. The mansion is interesting but I think kids may find it a bit boring. The grounds ate spectacular. Well worth a day trip. Pack a lunch and picnic on the grounds.

Visited February 2013
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Newbury Berkshire
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“Great daytrip for history lovers in Leesburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Loved the visit to Morven Park, I didn't expect to find so much history, the estate is so well furnished, and the guides so well versed in the history of the family and constantly morphing building I left feeling quite satiated. The house still holds so many original pieces that when you walk into the kitchen and pantry everything remains the way it was including copies of wage slips and produce receipts, its just steeped in Victorian history. This was the Governor Westmoreland's summer residence, I love all the old oil paintings of the family and especially the wealthy sisters who made the lives of their husbands more leisurely....very Downton Abbey

Visited June 2012
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Ashburn, Virginia
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“Experience luxury and life from another era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

How I lived here my entire life and never visited Morven Park is beyond me. Oh what I was missing! If you are visiting Northern Virginia, take an afternoon and make the trip to Leesburg to visit this beautifully maintained, magnificent mansion. The amount and variety of gorgeous, uber expensive furniture, china, silver, artwork, books and other elements of the wealthy of yore will amaze you. Just as amazing is the story of the former governor of Virginia, Westmoreland Davis, whose intellect, energy and passion for innovation is quite something to behold. Walking through this elegant, luxurious place will move you back into another time, when men gathered to smoke cigars, drink brandy and pontificate, while the ladies enjoyed spending time in the lavishly decorated, lovely parlor. Morven Park represents wealth and class the old style Virginia way -- expansive but comfortable, rich but not arrogant, old and yet timeless, and absolutely fascinating for anyone interested in history, the Civil War, antiques, and the way life used to be for those who had access to education and advantage. For a five dollar admission fee, it is a wonderful way to get lost in an afternoon of enjoying the beauty of the Virginia countryside in Loudoun County.

Visited December 2012
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