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“This is a hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Morven Park

Morven Park
Ranked #3 of 77 things to do in Leesburg
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Owner description: Morven Park was once the home of Virginia governor, Westmoreland Davis, and his wife Marguerite. More than 70 years after his death, the accomplishments and ideals of Gov. Davis still resonate within the 1,000 acres of this one-of-a-kind place. Each year 150,000 people visit the Park, whether participating in its competitive equestrian events, touring its three museums, attending educational and recreational programs, or just enjoying the beauty of the woodlands, mountainous ridge, historic buildings, and formal gardens. Summer tour hours for Morven Park's three museums are Thursday, Friday,Saturday, and Monday 12p.m.-5p.m. and Sunday 12p.m-5p.m. Starting September 1st, the museums will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 5:00, with the last tour starting at 4:00 pm. The historic gardens, Turkey Hill Farm, hiking trails, equestrian center and athletic complex are open every day. Operated by the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation, Morven Park is a non-profit organization, relying on individual donations, memberships, and event income to finance its public programs and preservation of its historic and natural resources.
Frederick, MD
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“This is a hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012 via mobile

If you like historic homes this is a must see. The grounds are beautiful and the house is in excellent condition. The best part is how close this place is to dc and Baltimore. It makes a great day trip.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A fantastic tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

The mansion at Morven Park is, quite simply, amazing! Having lived right around the corner for years, I can't believe I haven't visited before, and I will most definitely be returning.

The mansion itself is beautiful, and the collection of tapestries, Tiffany's china, silver, books, statues, and furniture is breathtaking. Our tour guide, Clayton, was a wealth of information, and took time to answer our many (!) questions. Unlike many other historic homes, the general tour ($5 pp) includes both downstairs and upstairs, servant & owner living areas. The servant's kitchen and butler pantry in particular are fascinating....like being onset for Downton Abbey!

I believe the recommended time for the tour itself is 45 minutes, but we stayed for two hours. I recommend leaving an additional 30 minutes for the gardens, and more if you plan on walking around the grounds.

This historic home is definitely one of the top must see homes in Leesburg! A personal favorite, even beyond some of the more widely known homes in the area.

Visited May 2012
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Ashburn, Virginia
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“Morven Park is an historic gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Our visit to Morven Park far exceeded our expectations. History of the property and the mansion which was occupied by formet Virginia Governor Westmorland davis was facinating. The mansions and its contens were preserved to the period during which the the Davises lived - 1903 - 1940's, but the original building dates dates back to about 1780. Tour guides helped us get into understanding how people lived and worked on the property in the early 1900's. A bonus was the Winmill carriage collection in a building which housed dozens of beautifully kept carriages and sleighs.

Visited April 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Lovely town and estate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Home to a former governor of Maryland, Thomas Swann, and later, Virginia's Westmoreland Davis, this historic home is worth visiting. It contains the original furniture (including a 'posting machine') and artifacts from all over the world. The library is very interesting and the docents do a great job explaining how much Gov. Davis did to modernize agriculture. Also on the estate are some repro cabins of the 17th Mississippi Regiment of the Confederate States of America who camped here in the 1860s. And there is a wonderful exhibit of carriages in a separate building.

Visited March 2012
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Pennsylvania
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“A must place to visit in Leesburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

The tour of Morven Park Mansion was very nice and informative. The pieces of furniture and art are amazing! The staff was very personable and knowledgeable. My 12 year old daughter really liked the tour and was amazed how big the entire estate really is.

Visited October 2011
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