old-fashioned ice cream social

Come to an Old-Fashioned Country Fair at Morven Park

LEESBURG – Back in the 1920s, the 55th governor of Virginia, Westmoreland Davis, would open the grounds of his Morven Park home to invite the community to informal ice cream socials.

The public is invited to recreate these community-building events at Morven Park’s first-ever Governor’s Country Fair, Sunday, June 5, at 11 am. – 4 p.m. While Gov. Davis served ice cream made from the cream from his prized dairy cows, this year’s ice cream social will be provided by family-owned and operated Moo Thru of Remington, Va., who has created a special “Governor’s Flavor” (milk and honey) in honor of the day.

For $10 per carload of ice cream fans (and who doesn’t fall into that category?), guests will be treated not only to this special frozen treat but to hayrides, live music, horse-drawn carriage driving demonstrations, craft and food vendors, a children’s maze built of hay, mansion tours, and activities within the Civil War encampment site.

Mom’s Apple Pies of Leesburg is sponsoring a pie/cookie/cupcake bake-off, and Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, in residence at Morven Park since 1995, will demonstrate its superstar therapy horses. Members of the Loudoun County 4H Club’s “Leaps & Squeaks” group will have bunnies and guinea pigs available for petting.

Numerous other contests, exhibits, and demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon.

Guests should access the Governor’s Country Fair via the Waterford Road entrance.

Morven Park, a non-profit organization, is operated by the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation and receives no federal, state or local funding. Its mission is to preserve and advance the ideals of Gov. Davis, most notably civic responsibility, sustainable agriculture, and enhancement of life in rural Virginia. Its 1,000 acres include three museums, an equestrian center, athletic fields, hiking trails, and formal gardens, all of which serve as host to a variety of educational and recreational programs.

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