Set on 1,000 acres in Leesburg, Virginia, Morven Park is an estate both rich with history, eventing, and gorgeous landscapes. Morven Park is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as a Virginia Historic Landmark.
The stories of those who lived at the estate are told when you visit the beautiful and eclectic Davis Mansion and take a stroll through the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Westmoreland Davis, one time Governor of Virginia, invested a great deal to encouragw farming in Northern Virginia. In fact, Davis purchased the influential Southern Planter magazine in 1912 and published it until his death. Davis ran Morven Park farm as a model of efficiency and productivity and shared what he learned with other farmers. His wife Marguerite Inman Davis, daughter of a wealthy New York cotton broker, designed the gorgeous Colonial Revival boxwood gardens. Surrounded by four-foot-high brick wall and wrought-iron gates, the gardens contain not only boxwood but also magnolias, hollies, and a variety of flowering trees. A reflecting pool and the brick mausoleum, the final resting place of Governor and Mrs. Davis, are tucked within this historic garden.
Edited by JESSICA MONTE.
This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living