The silver collection will sparkle and the windows will gleam when Morven Park re-opens its museums following a one-month break for deep cleaning. But a particular addition to the Park’s treasures just might out-shine all the rest, as the pardoned White House turkeys make their public debut.
Popcorn (who participated in the President’s pardoning ceremony) and Caramel (the “alternate”) will be strutting their stuff in front of the Davis Mansion during the weekend of Feb. 1-2, and the public is invited not only to meet these famous turkeys but to visit the Davis Mansion and Winmill Carriage Museum at no charge during this special open house.
Following the open house weekend, the White House turkeys will return to their yard at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill Farm, joining their new friend Franklin, a heritage bronze turkey, the same breed that was raised by Gov. Westmoreland Davis during his ownership of Morven Park.
The regular tour schedule resumes on Monday, Feb. 3. For 2014, the Mansion and the Winmill Carriage Museum will be open Thursdays through Mondays, noon to 4 p.m. through March, then 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. from April through October, returning to the winter schedule in November. Regular tours are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for age 5 and under. The combination Mansion/Carriage Museum tour is $9 for adults and $5 for children.