Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America is located in the
north wing of the Mansion at Morven Park, Leesburg,
Virginia. The Museum houses an Exhibition Room, Fine Arts
Room, Huntsmenís Room, and the Long Hall and Staircase.
Interesting exhibits and displays are presented in the airy
rooms and the inviting nooks and crannies that only such a
large house can offer.
The main floor Exhibition Room or Puppy Room, as it was
called by the Governor and Mrs. Davis, is a rectangular
shaped room with French doors at the far end and
floor-to-ceiling windows on the near side. This light-filled
room has glass fronted cases; displays and exhibits in
theses cases change each year. Interesting exhibits examine
the historical, cultural and sociological aspects of mounted
hunting with hounds. Costumes and traditional hunt attire,
hunt horns and buttons, taxidermy, letters, books, trophies
and gadgets are displayed in this room.
Upstairs, the Fine Arts Room presents the sporting art of
America and Great Britain to great advantage. The John
Bowles Collection of Lionel Edwards Sporting Art is
displayed in this room along with The Scurry by Jean Bowman
and other art and sculpture by well-known artists.
Adjoining the Fine Arts Room is the Huntsmenís Room, the
sportís Hall of Fame, that pays homage to all huntsmen for
their contributions to mounted fox hunting from its earliest
days to the present. Spend some time reading the tributes to
the distinguished huntsmen who have been honored by their
peers with inclusion in the room.
It is easy to spend an enjoyable afternoon at Morven Park.