Morven Park

Morven Park Over 1,000 acres of gardens, lawns and wooded areas, Morven Park hosts over 500,000 visitors a year. Honoring Mrs.

Purchased in 1903 by Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis, Morven Park encompasses over 1,000 acres of gardens, fields, lawns and wooded areas as well as three museums. Davis' vision, the site now hosts over 250,000 visitors each year who attend equestrian events, special activities, guided tours and educational programs. Open All Year, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Da

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Historic Gardens, Turkey Hill Farm, & Hiking Trails are open every day. Morven Park relies on donations from friends like you. Be a part of this special place by making a donation today at MorvenPark.org/DonateNow.

The Morven Park Center for Civic Impact (MPCCI) is excited to announce THREE professional development opportunities for ...
08/27/2023

The Morven Park Center for Civic Impact (MPCCI) is excited to announce THREE professional development opportunities for Loudoun County teachers to learn to use our new virtual lesson material!

To sign up for a session, contact Gwyneth Mac Murtrie at [email protected] or call 703-777-2414 x6617.

REGISTER TODAY and have a great 2023-2024 school year!

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our community and have experience working...
08/26/2023

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our community and have experience working with historic documents. Learn more here:

Morven Park is looking for volunteers to help with database entry for the 246 Years Project, the effort to document and honor the lives of the enslaved men, women and

08/25/2023

We have spotted some very hungry caterpillars chomping away on milkweed at the Park! Thank you to Sandy Spring Bank for generously donating our pollinator garden, where we can host these important pollinators through every stage of the lifecycle.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Clear your calendar and come visit the Davis Mansion on Saturday August 26th!Ever wanted to peek behind the closed doors...
08/19/2023

Clear your calendar and come visit the Davis Mansion on Saturday August 26th!

Ever wanted to peek behind the closed doors of the Davis Mansion? Or see the rooms that are not on the regular tour? Explore all the nooks and crannies of the Davis mansion with Jana Shafagoj, Morven Park’s Director of Preservation & History.

This is our most popular specialty tour and tickets sell out fast! The 60 minute tour is limited to 12 people and appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Sign up today and get ready to play, learn, discover!

https://insidenovatix.com/events/nooks-crannies-specialty-tour-8-26-2023

Last night, we were thrilled to join our friends in the community at a wonderful celebration hosted by Loudoun Now. Morv...
08/18/2023

Last night, we were thrilled to join our friends in the community at a wonderful celebration hosted by Loudoun Now. Morven Park was recognized as Loudoun’s Favorite Equestrian Facility and as runners up to favorite Historic Site (the winner was the Town of Leesburg!). Thank you to all who voted and congratulations to all who were recognized! We are honored to be a part of such a giving community.

Don't forget to update your calendar!
08/16/2023

Don't forget to update your calendar!

08/15/2023

Last week, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact was happy to speak with the Outstanding New Educators at Loudoun County Public Schools about the upcoming school year. We can’t wait to work with them in the coming months to provide free materials and experiences to their classrooms. We look forward to a great 2023-24 school year!

Get out of the heat and experience The Davis Mansion TODAY. Book your tour here: https://insidenovatix.com/organizations...
08/10/2023

Get out of the heat and experience The Davis Mansion TODAY.

Book your tour here: https://insidenovatix.com/organizations/morven-park

Also, don't forget to check out our Specialty Tours: Nooks and Crannies Mansion Tour is coming up on Saturday August 26th. You don't want to miss this chance to see areas of the Mansion that are not normally open to the public!

Register here: https://insidenovatix.com/.../nooks-crannies-specialty...

MORVEN PARK IS HOME TO THE WORLD-RENOWNED MORVEN PARK INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER, THE ICONIC DAVIS MANSION, THE MORVEN PARK CENTER FOR CIVIC IMPACT, AND THE UNIQUE WINMILL CARRIAGE MUSEUM. VISITORS CAN WALK THROUGH SCENIC FORMAL GARDENS, PICNIC UNDER THE BOUGHS OF OLD OAK TREES, AND HIKE MILES....

08/08/2023

Partner Appreciation Alert!

This past weekend, Loudoun Youth Inc. ’s Claude Moore Community Builders came to Morven Park for a training session that had them further develop their communication, leadership, and collaboration skills.

During the session, the teens played Balancing Act, where they had to develop their ideal community, with a few twists. We are so happy to work with organizations like Claude Moore Community Builders, whose mission to help Loudoun County students learn to become active and engaged community members echoes our own!

08/05/2023

We are so grateful for our community partners!

This year the middle school Youth Leadership Retreats and the high school Youth Leadership Institute were supported by a generous grant from the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Thanks to their support, over 100 Loudoun County youth enhanced their communication and collaboration skills and were put to the test on the final day by competing for the best time in the Morven Park designed escape room.

The students also experienced authentic community engagement opportunities such as visiting Loudoun Hunger Relief and The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Thank you Loudoun Chamber for your support in preparing students to become Loudoun’s future workforce employees, leaders, and active community members!

08/04/2023

The Morven Park Center for Civic Impact recently hosted Loudoun Youth Inc. Loudoun Youth Leadership Program. During their afternoon at the Park, the emerging leaders toured the Davis Mansion to hear how the Davises engaged with their communities and then played Balancing Act.

In this lesson, students become County Commissioners and work as a team to make decisions affecting their constituents, taking into consideration zoning, taxes, and community concerns. We are always excited to work with Loudoun’s future leaders and our partner, Loudoun Youth, Inc.

07/31/2023

Last week, the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact’s high school Youth Leadership Institute students visited The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

Our students heard about the work the Community Foundation does from Matt Bender, Director of Community Engagement, and then worked on a mock advertising campaign for a community need like food insecurity or health assistance. Thank you Community Foundation for your partnership in supporting Loudoun’s future leaders!

Thank you, THANK YOU Loudoun Now readers and our Loudoun County community for voting Morven Park International Equestria...
07/27/2023

Thank you, THANK YOU Loudoun Now readers and our Loudoun County community for voting Morven Park International Equestrian Center your favorite Equestrian Facility! Your support is the fuel that keeps us going strong!

Honored to be runners up in the Favorite Historic Site category: CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, Downtown Leesburg!

Read more here! https://www.loudounnow.com/news/2023-loudoun-s-favorites-the-readers-recommendations/article_40dd4406-2c85-11ee-a877-5b42d27c36f4.html?fbclid=IwAR37X1MY6mQwAdxiAsNLqen18aae1_Zr7jIFvq8O5PHJUrqAtrdTsFQc2ok

07/26/2023

It's another BUSY week for the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact!

Last week the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact and the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted the second group of Youth Leadership Retreat students.

During the retreat, thirty middle school students practiced important leadership skills like collaboration and communication through various games, activities, and discussions. They also had an opportunity to tour Loudoun Hunger Relief, the Davis Mansion and participated in our popular escape game!

(A special thank you to Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, whose grant supported this program!)

Learn more here: https://www.morvenpark.org/morven-parks-center-for-civic-impact/our-k-12-lessons/

07/21/2023

We had the pleasure of hosting our friends from Loudoun Education Foundation at Morven Park this week for their retreat. They tested their proficiency in Loudoun County Public Schools 5 Cs: the skills of an effective Collaborator, Communicator, Contributor, Creator, and Critical Thinker in the MPCCI Escape Room (designed for our Youth Leadership Retreat students).

We are happy to report that they emerged victorious! 🕵️‍♀️🏆

07/20/2023

Thanks to the generosity of Monica Tressler at Sandy Spring Bank we have been able to update our Monarch Butterfly Waystation located at Turkey Hill!

In 2022 she provided the initial plants and this year supported beautifying the beds and purchasing replacement plants from Watermark Woods . Be Landscaping was on hand to clean out all of the garden beds, install the decorative rock boarder, and plant and mulch the beds.

Her gift will provide the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact’s thousands of Loudoun County field trip students real, hands-on experiences in how they can support pollinators like the monarch butterfly, understand soil health, and view native plants from our watershed.

07/19/2023

Last week the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services hosted our first Youth Leadership Retreat of the summer at Cascades Library. During the retreat, thirty middle school students practiced important leadership skills like collaboration and communication through various games, activities, and discussions.

We had an awesome panel featuring guest speakers from Peers And Students Taking Action (PASTA) and the YEA Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Academy. They also took a field trip to Morven Park and participated in our popular escape game!

We look forward to welcoming even more young leaders to Morven Park over the next two weeks!

07/12/2023

Have you been to the yet? Only TWO more weekends of Polo in the Park left in 2023!

Pick up your car passes TODAY and see you Saturday!

Food and Drink vendors: Walsh Family Wine, Hersheys Ice Cream, KOVI - Asian Street Food Kitchen

https://insidenovatix.com/events/polo-in-the-park-7-15-2023

Have you gotten your car pass for Polo in the Park yet? Food and wine vendors, friends and family, and a great evening f...
07/08/2023

Have you gotten your car pass for Polo in the Park yet? Food and wine vendors, friends and family, and a great evening for Polo! See you at the ! (Only 3 more evenings of Polo left in our season!)

https://insidenovatix.com/venues/8914/events

07/04/2023
MPCCI hosted The Arc of Loudoun for a Woodland Explorers field trip this week where students learned about how to care f...
06/28/2023

MPCCI hosted The Arc of Loudoun for a Woodland Explorers field trip this week where students learned about how to care for the woodland habitat. During the hike the students learned about a tree’s life cycle, talked about safe building materials for bird’s nests, and looked for different woodland creatures…like this toad!

**Attention Polo in the Park Friends!**
06/24/2023

**Attention Polo in the Park Friends!**

**Attention**Head's up: If you're visiting us this weekend, you may see beautiful carriages on Park roads. Make sure you...
06/23/2023

**Attention**

Head's up: If you're visiting us this weekend, you may see beautiful carriages on Park roads. Make sure you look both ways before you cross the road and please keep your pups on a leash!

See you at the Park!

https://www.carriageassociationofamerica.com/

06/19/2023

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COVID-19 Update: The Pedestrian Entrance to the Park on Old Waterford Road is open daily from 9am-7pm. We recognize being outdoors in nature is a great way to get much-needed fresh air and exercise and have decided to allow limited access to Park grounds in the interest of public health. Morven Park gates and parking lots will remain closed due to the fact that we cannot regulate the number of vehicles/people visiting the Park at any given time and need to remain in compliance with the federal directive to discourage crowds and large groups from gathering. Please note, all restrooms and Park buildings remain closed.

Morven Park, Loudoun County's most important community resource for current and future generations, has something for everyone! This 1,000-acre oasis in the heart of the county is home to the world-renowned Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the premier Morven Park Athletic Field Complex, the historic Davis Mansion, and the unique Winmill Carriage Museum. The picturesque grounds are open to the public every day, while the mansion and museum tour hours vary with the seasons. Tour schedules and a calendar of equestrian, athletic, and special events can be found at MorvenPark.org.

Many visitors believe that Morven Park is a city or county resource, but it is actually a nonprofit that relies on support from people like you to remain open to the public. Support the Park at MorvenPark.org/DonateNow.

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Kristina Bouweiri is always camera ready! Morven Park, thank you for thinking of Reston Limousine for this very special photo opp!
The LoCo Disc Golf Club is holding their 12th Annual LoCo Ice Bowl fundraiser on Saturday, January 28. The event will happen at Morven Park, where they're laying out two temporary disc golf courses that wind through the park's fields and woodlots. Proceeds will benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief.

Online registration closes on January 27 at 8:30 PM, so if you're interested, now is definitely the time to sign up!

Here's the event page, which includes their registration link:
Quarry View is happy to announce our sponsorship of Morven Park! We hope to see you at the Morven Park Fall International Horse Trials in October!

For more info on the prestigious equestrian events at Morven Park, check out their website: https://www.morvenpark.org/equestrian-center/
Congratulations to all of the nonprofit recipients of the Loudoun Chamber Foundation's 2023 grant cycle! 💙 $44,000 was awarded to 11 nonprofits. We'll be sharing their photos throughout the next week. Be sure to thank these stellar nonprofits for all they do in our community. Pictured below are Stacey Metcalfe and Suzanne Musgrave of Morven Park, Val Walters of The Ryan Bartel Foundation, and Cris Candice Tuck, Samantha L. Clarke, Jude Armstrong, and Matthew Charlesworth of Equality Loudoun. Learn more about the Loudoun Chamber Foundation and see the complete list of grant recipients: www.LoudounChamber.org/Foundation
Tomorrow, Jan 6th, is the FINAL DAY TO REGISTER for this year's Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition! This competition is an amazing opportunity for middle & high school students to get involved in their communities by identifying an issue of concern in their neighborhood, school or larger community, come up with a unique way to address it & present their idea in a science fair type setting with the chance to win cash awards they can use to implement their projects! Learn more & register by tomorrow at www.loudounyouth.org!


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Loudoun County Youth Advisory Council
Morven Park
Today we are pleased to announce that the Loudoun Chamber Foundation has awarded $44,000 in Grants to support the work of 11 Loudoun Nonprofits. 💛
The organizations receiving 2023 Loudoun Chamber Foundation grants are:
*️⃣ American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region - Loudoun and Prince William
*️⃣ A Place To Be
*️⃣ Equality Loudoun
*️⃣ Legacy Farms
*️⃣ Loudoun Cares
*️⃣ Loudoun Free Clinic
*️⃣ Loudoun Serenity House
*️⃣ Loudoun Youth Inc.
*️⃣ Morven Park
*️⃣ The Ryan Bartel Foundation
*️⃣ Tree of Life Ministries
Founded in 2014, the Loudoun Chamber Foundation invests in local nonprofits focused on the economy, workforce development, public safety, and wellness in Loudoun. In that short period, the Foundation has invested a total of $202,000 into the Loudoun community. Learn more: www.LoudounChamber.org/Foundation
Who needs warm weather and sunny skies for a Photoshoot?? Be open minded it’s not out of the question to still take beautiful family photos in the winter! This extended family session was Oct 26 overcast and 30 degrees! We managed to capture lots of special family photos! Morven Park location
The Davis Mansion at Morven Park is now decorated for the holidays. Mansion tours are offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, click the link below.

Photos by Jessica Monte

Morven Park

https://loudouncountymagazine.com/photo-essay-davis-mansion-at-morven-park/
Happy Monday Adventurers and Friends! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. My family and I had a great time going and checking out the Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience at Morven Park near where I live! It was such an immersive event! We also got our Christmas tree up which was a nice thing to get done as well.

As you may know on Mondays I like to introduce myself and then share somethings about myself so you can all get to know me better! I thought I would share 4 holiday related facts to kick off the spirit of the holidays. Tell me what some of your favorite holidays things are? Whats on your Christmas list this holiday season?

Tonight we had a special invite to visit Morven Park for a holiday cocktail party. They were recently awarded the Loudoun Chamber Destination Business of the Year. Another fun fact, the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience, run by Warner Brothers on the property, has brought in over 150,000 guests already including locals and many from out of state. Have you been to a light show, equine event, cross country meet, mansion or carriage house tour and/or the rummage sale? So much fun in our backyard! Yes, it’s in Leesburg, one of the top 10 places to live in North America.
Attn Loudoun Middle & High School Students!

Are you considering participating in this year's Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition? This Wednesday night, Nov. 30th, there will be a virtual session to help you brainstorm ideas for your project! Email [email protected] to register for the workshop. More info about the competition can be found at www.loudounyouth.org
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Morven Park
This beautiful Family brought their dogs to the family portrait session at Morven Park
Beautiful afternoon in Morven Park, walking off Thanksgiving cakes and pudding. Winter's coming (Solstice on Dec 21) but warmish, crisp air in the low 60s today.

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Wouldn’t be an appropriate Thanksgiving post without one of our feathered friends!

This turkey proudly poses for a photo in 1936 when his home of Morven Park was in its heyday as a thriving turkey farm.

When Westmoreland Davis purchased Morven Park in 1903, the lawyer-turned-farmer (who would later serve as Virginia’s governor from 1918 to 1922) set out with plans to make the land a model of progressive agriculture. Davis and his wife Marguerite took to farming the more than 1,500 acres, implementing new and emerging agricultural practices at the time and remodeling many of the farm buildings.

Many livestock called Morven Park home, from Guernsey cows to horses, hogs and sheep. But Davis’ turkeys were of national renown, and the most profitable livestock for the family.

Between 1923 and 1937, Davis expanded his poultry farm from “eight turkey eggs” to 80,000 “broiler” chickens and 23,000 turkeys. Chickens were raised in the brooder house, while hundreds of turkey houses once dotted the landscape. A portion of the estate two acres north of the mansion still is proudly called Turkey Hill.

Davis’ Goldbank turkeys were rated top quality and sold for $10 and up, a hefty sum in the late 1930s. By his death in 1942, Morven Park was the country’s largest producer of turkeys.

Though it’s been many years since Morven Park was a booming turkey farm, it boasted a unique distinction for a number of years beginning in 2013 as the home of the presidential pardoned turkeys. Caramel was the first such pardoned turkey to arrive after being pardoned by President Barack Obama.

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Another wonderful family portrait session at Morven Park
I love that this family brought their six dogs to the session.
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