Turkey Hill Farm
Turkey Hill Farm comprises two acres of Morven Park's historic farmland, once the site of Gov. Davis’s former poultry operations. Here you will find the renovated farm hand house, a small yet cozy structure that is used to interpret the lives of the farm workers who once lived and worked at Morven Park.
In the 1930s, Westmoreland Davis operated one of the largest turkey breeding enterprises in the country, frequently showing his champion poultry at national competitions. His poultry barn still stands at the highest point of Morven Park's Turkey Hill area, and interpretive signage provides details on his agricultural successes.
Today, this area serves as an outdoor classroom, where Loudoun County students learn about nutritious foods by growing organic vegetables in the site’s raised beds, while other areas of the farm are utilized for learning about preserving wildlife habitats and building healthy soils. Visitors can also see the turkeys pardoned at the White House ceremony by President Obama in 2015.
White House Turkeys
Morven Park is the home to the turkeys presented to the President of the United States by the National Turkey Federation on Thanksgiving 2015. Presented during White House ceremonies, the presidential turkey (and an alternate) received their official pardon from the President, then moved to their retirement home at the peaceful and historic Morven Park.
The Farmhand House
Thanks to partial funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, restoration of this 1901 farm house was completed in 2015. Once home to a succession of Morven Park's farm workers and their families, informational panels in the house lead visitors through a self-guided tour, available during the same hours as our other museum tours. The four-room home offers a humble contrast to the stately Morven Park Mansion, and is now a valuable part of the visitor experience.