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Northern Virginia Sights

Morven Park

  • House/Mansion/Villa

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Within the 1,200 acres that make up Morven Park are the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute (a private riding school) and two museums: Winmill Carriage Museum and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. The elegant mansion was originally a fieldstone farmhouse built in 1781. It evolved into a Greek Revival building that bears a striking resemblance to the White House (completed in 1800). Scenes from the Civil War film Gods and Generals and other movies were

filmed here. In fact, the land was once a Confederate camp, remnants of which they are still finding today. Two governors have also lived here. The mansion and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting have been closed for an extensive renovation since 2003, although some rooms in the mansion have reopened; call to check. The Winmill Carriage Museum, housing more than 50 historic vehicles including one belonging to Grace Kelly and another belonging to Tom Thumb, is open to those taking the tours.Morven Park hosts Civil War reenactments the third Saturday of each month from April to mid-November. Call for the latest info.

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Sight Information

Address:

Old Waterford Rd., 1 mi north of Leesburg, Leesburg, Virginia, 20178, United States

Phone:

703-777–2414

Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Tours Apr.–Nov., Fri.–Mon. 1–4; tours on the hr.

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