Purchased in 1903 by Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis, the original residence at Morven Park was a small fieldstone farmhouse built around 1780. By the time the Davises purchased the property, it looked as it does today, with its impressive Greek Revival portico and massive columns.
Davis transformed the property into a model of agricultural advancement and was encouraged by his fellow farmers to run for governor, an office he held from 1918 to 1922. Today, Morven Park honors the ideals and accomplishments of the Davises through educational and recreational programs focused on nature, agriculture, civic leadership and equestrian sports.
The historic home is open for tours year-round, as are the Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America and the Winmill Carriage Museum with its collection of 40-plus antique horse-drawn vehicles. Civil War buffs can visit replica huts on the site of an original Confederate encampment, and hikers can enjoy several miles of trails on the wooded ridge-line.