Morven Park, about ten minutes from the center of Leesburg, Virginia, is a beautiful historic house, complete with grounds that are open to the public, and a major equestrian center.
We toured the house, which has had multiple owners throughout its almost 200-year life, most recently Montgomery Davis, governor of Virginia from 1918-1922. The house is a piece of living history which has been renovated, added to, deleted from, and otherwise made into a quirky, interesting house to tour. Visitors can walk into the rooms and among the furnishings and many, many collectibles gathered on travels to far-flung places. We particularly enjoyed walking around the library and noting the very eclectic books in the Davis collection. The house is especially interesting because the Davises lived there on the cusp of the transition of US society from the horse and buggy era to a home with electricity, running water and the modern conveniences of the early 1920s.
In addition to the grounds (with minimal, but lovely, flowers) there are outbuildings, the most interesting of which houses a stellar collection of horse drawn carriages and work vehicles. The house also has a museum of hounds and hunting that will interest fans of that sport.
Morven Park is available for weddings and other gatherings. The grounds were used for a Civil War encampment and there are frequent reenactments on the site. Like most historic houses, Morven Park does not allow indoor photography. There are two floors and no elevator so the tour will pose problems for those with mobility issues. The outdoor area is a great place to enjoy a picnic and let your kids run loose.
Our guide was EXCELLENT! He was very knowledgeable, answered questions graciously and never once rushed our group along.
The estate is located a few minutes from downtown Leesburg and its excellent shops and restaurants and a visit would be a fun part of a weekend in this historic part of Virginia.
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