- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 29, 2002

Location: Morven Park is located at 17263 Southern Planter Lane, just outside Leesburg.

Directions: From the Beltway, take the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) west. At Exit 9 (Route 28, Sully Road), turn right and go north to Route 7 (Market Street). Exit west to Leesburg on Route 7; go through Leesburg to Fairview Street and turn right. Go almost a mile to the dead end at Old Waterford Road; turn left and go 500 feet to the main gate on the right.

Hours: Morven Park is open Friday through Monday, April 6 through Dec. 2. Tours are offered at noon and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Christmas tours are offered Dec. 14 through 22. Once your tour begins, you will be guided through three museums: the mansion, the Museum of Hounds and Hunting and the Winmill Carriage Collection. The park closes at 6 p.m.

Admission and parking: Adult tickets are $7, senior admission is $6, children ages 6 to 12 pay $1. The fee includes a guided mansion tour, the Museum of Hounds and Hunting, the Winmill Carriage Collection and gardens. Parking is plentiful and free.

Information: Call 703/777-2414. Web site is www.morvenpark.com.

Tips:

•After you drive down the mile-long driveway, park in the main parking lot. (Follow the signs for handicapped parking.) Stop by the kiosk for the latest information on the park. Then proceed either through the garden or walk up the gravel pathway to the mansion. A guide will meet visitors at the front door of the mansion at the start of the tour. Visitors may purchase tickets at the mansion door when the guide greets you.

•If you arrive just after a tour has begun, take advantage of your wait. Walk the scenic grounds or take a tree-tour brochure from the box on the portico and learn about the trees, visit the historic boxwood garden or sit and relax.

•Note there is some stair climbing and rocky terrain; call ahead with special needs.

•At least two hours are necessary for complete tours of the facility.


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