Welcome to Morven Park
Morven Park is a 1,000-acre historic estate in Leesburg, Virginia.
Owned and operated by a nonprofit organization, Morven Park relies on your donations to keep our gates open to the public year-round.
Park Hours: Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and close nightly at 5:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE for mansion and museum hours and ticket information.
NOTICE: Dogs are always welcome at Morven Park, but we strictly enforce leash laws. Please do not allow your dog to run free anywhere on Morven Park's property. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and we ask that you clean up after your pet while on Park grounds.
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On a teacher workday last fall, my wife asked me to go for a tire rotation and check in on our kids during the day. I got up early, left the car at Costco, and decided to get some exercise. The forecast was for 75 degrees and sunshine, so I took a walk in a nearby neighborhood. As I proceeded on my morning walk, I was passed by a few joggers, said hello to several dog walkers, and saw a couple bicyclists.
After about an hour I started to realize there was something missing – there were no children out playing in the backyards or outside at all. There might be some families out of town with the extra day off school, but there were no kids to be found. Are all the kids still asleep at noon, or are they all at daycare? There were plenty of cars in the driveways, so my curiosity grew as to where all the children were in the neighborhood.
I have squealed with excitement on more occasions than I can remember—when I saw Robert Duvall in a Middleburg coffee shop; when the horse on which I had placed a one-dollar bet won the Gold Cup; when I finally perfected a baked French baguette (I burned a lot of bread and killed a lot of yeast in the process).
However, I have been rendered silent only twice. The first time was in high school when I had the opportunity to meet Justices Ginsburg and O’Connor. When I was introduced to them, all I could do was stare as if they were masterpieces at the National Gallery. The second time was last fall when Southern Living magazine informed us that Morven Park would be listed as a top wedding venue in an upcoming issue.
When we’re not planning, reworking, setting up, teaching, or cleaning up after one of our programs, the education team tries to catch up on articles and other press related to civics. An interview that recently caught our attention was from an episode of the podcast Recode Decode called “Why nonprofits should think more like tech companies.” As we listened, we couldn’t help drawing comparisons to our current programming here at Morven Park.