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“Downton Abbey like afternoon”
Review of Morven Park

Morven Park
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Leesburg
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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United States
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Downton Abbey like afternoon”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

For history enthusiasts, it's well worth a visit to learn about the Westmorelands. The cost of the tour is quite reasonable and the real treat is being up close to the room furnishings. You're not kept behind a velvet rope. The carriage house tour is self guided but a fun diversion. Walking the grounds on a springlike day is a relaxing and lazy way to spend an afternoon. Probably not interesting for kids or teens.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank Gagga
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Spend a couple of hours here!”
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
1 Thank Duddoo
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McLean, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Check out this place!”
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
1 Thank marianne1553
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Ashburn, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“History with beauty”
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
1 Thank Robert C
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Leesburg, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great daytrip for history lovers in Leesburg”
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
1 Thank kittystu2000
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