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The Smithsonian is coming to Morven Park!
Morven Park is honored to be one of only six Virginia sites selected to host the Smithsonian’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit. Opening on April 22 in Morven Park’s Winmill Carriage Museum, the exhibit explores the changes that affected rural communities, such as those in Loudoun County, during the past 100 years. The engaging, interactive exhibit invites visitors to consider the various forces that transformed life in rural America.
This FREE exhibit will be open Fridays through Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., through June 6. No tickets required. More information about the exhibit, which is sponsored by Virginia Association of Museums and Virginia Humanities, can be found HERE.
- Tours of the Davis Mansion are offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday each week.
- Tickets are $16. Guests age 18 and under are FREE. Discounts are available to Morven Park Members.
- Tour times are 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The last tour leaves the Visitor Center at 3:00 p.m.
- All tickets to tour the Davis Mansion include self-guided tour access to the Winmill Carriage Museum and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America.
- Advance online purchase for tours is required.
The Morven Park Mansion
In its 240-year history, Morven Park’s mansion transformed from a modest fieldstone house into the impressive Greek Revival building we see today. From 1903 – 1942, the mansion was home to Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis. During their residency, Marguerite Davis filled her home with eclectic and opulent antiques from her world-wide travels. The Davis furnishings, which include 16th century Belgian tapestries, Spanish cassones, hundreds of silver pieces, Hudson River Valley paintings, and Asian treasures, remain on display throughout the mansion.
Guests touring the Davis Mansion will hear stories of the civic and social lives of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis and his wife, Marguerite, during the first half of the 20th century. The Davises’ personal items and extensive collection of arts and antiques acquired during their travels throughout the world are on display as guests pass through living areas that include a lavish entry hall, ornate drawing room, elaborate dining area, grand billiard room, and well-stocked library, as well as an expansive kitchen and charming personal quarters. Other rooms reveal stories of the employees who were responsible for the daily work necessary to keep the estate running.
Tours of the mansion lead guests through the fully furnished 1st and 2nd floor rooms while sharing stories of the Davises’ social and civic lives during the first half of the 20th century. There are no ropes or barriers within the mansion museum rooms and visitors of all ages and abilities are welcome. Please allow 45 minutes for the guided tour of the mansion.
The Winmill Carriage Museum
The Winmill Carriage Museum features a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles donated by carriage driving enthusiast, Viola Winmill. The forty antique coaches, carriages, sleds and carts range from utilitarian to regal. Of particular interest are the miniature road coach designed for General Tom Thumb of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the elegant calèche loaned for the use of Grace Kelly in the movie “The Swan.”
The Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America
In honor of Morven Park’s equestrian heritage, and the Davises love of foxhunting, the Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America is located in three rooms of the Davis Mansion. The museum preserves the art, artifacts, and memorabilia of foxhunting’s rich history. For more information about the Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America, visit their website: www.mhhna.org