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Exploring a Historic Mansion, Park and Winery

This is our annual event for those that would rather enjoy outdoor adventures, instead of shopping in the malls on Black Friday after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Morven Park Mansion
Morven Park Mansion
Outdoors in the DMV is our periodic event series, which explores the many beautiful parts of the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) related to art, architecture and history, combined with the things that we love—food and drinks.

Walk around the Morven Park Mansion

This is our annual Black Friday event where we explore the beautiful 18th-century mansion gardens, once the home of Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, and his wife Marguerite.

This is a very beautiful, yet an easy walk after a nice hearty Thanksgiving dinner.

A view of the Morven Park Mansion
A view of the Morven Park Mansion
For this event, we will only walk around the mansion, and the two miles of new hiking trails, around the estate. For those that would like to optionally visit the mansion and the museum, there is a $10 fee charged by the park.

The historic estate, one mile northwest of Leesburg, VA, was once a plantation home of the Swann Family, of nearby Maryland. It also was a weekend getaway home of Thomas Swann, Jr. who served as the Governor of Maryland beginning in 1865.

Walk around Morven Park
Walk around Morven Park
Westmoreland Davis, governor of Virginia during World War I purchased Morven Park in 1903. He and his wife were the last private owners of the estate, which is now run as a nonprofit organization that raises money to keep the park open to the public.

Note: We will meet outside the Mansion. You will need outdoor walking shoes for our walk around the hiking trails in Morven Park.

Visit a nearby Winery

We will then head over to North Gate winery, which is nestled against the Eastern base of the Short Hill Mountains in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, for a glass or two of wine.

Different wines
Different wines
The main varietals at this winery are Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Manseng, and Bordeaux Reds.

The winery offers a variety of light local fare such as goat cheese, manchego and cheddar cheeses, prosciutto, salami, dips, tapenades and hummus, warmed fresh baguettes and freshly made soup. You can also bring your own food to this winery.

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Event Details


Description: Exploring the Morven Park historic estate and visiting a winery on Black Friday.

Date/Time: Friday November 23, 2018 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Admission: Free / Grapes & Grains members must RSVP

Tentative Schedule

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Morven Park Mansion (Walk around the Morven estate)
17195 Southern Planter Lane Leesburg, VA 20176

Google Map for Morven Park Mansion

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm - North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville, VA 20132

Google Map for North Gate Vineyard


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