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Morven Park: Beautiful Landscape and Rich with History

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

Point to Point Guide to Hats

Northern Virginia Style recently turned to easy going but iconic model Lacey Tanner to serve as muse and collaborator for its latest guide on hats for the Piedmont region’s spring horse point to point season.   Northern Virginia Style was inspired to provide a guide of hats for travelers to the region and those residents who want to spend a day in horse country.  From felt trilbys to straw fedoras and luxury baseball hats, Northern Virginia Style’s Guide to Hats for the Spring Races embraces style, fashion and comfort.

Shop for hats at Middleburg’s J. McLaughlin112 W. WASHINGTON STREET, UNIT 103Middleburg, VA 20117

Lou Lou’s Boutiques, multiple locations in Northern Virginia

Top’s of Old Town2400 Mt.Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703) 836-4511

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First, let’s take a look at the Trilby – traditionally a soft felt men’s hat can now often be seen in straw, with a deeply indented crown and narrow brim often upturned at the back. On men it is often worn at the back of the head.

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Next, the Fedora, a felt or straw hat with a medium to wide brim and lengthwise crease in the crown is another great option for a sunny spring day.  The crown traditionally is shallow.

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The Akubra is an Australian brand of bush hat. Its wide brimmed styles are a distinctive part of Australian culture especially in the rural areas.

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The fascinator,  a headpiece, is a style of millinery usually worn formally as an alternative to a hat. They are almost always large and decorative and are attached to the head by an elastic band or clip. Sometimes incorporating a base to resemble a miniature hat in which case it may be called a “hatinator.”

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