About the museum

Message From the Chairman

Welcome to the new website of the Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America, Inc.

Mansion fall 2021 photo

This virtual wing of the Museum enables visitors from around the world to explore the exciting options made available by the Museum. Whether you need information regarding an exhibition or the dates of the next museum trip or lecture, you’ll find access to this information just a few clicks away.

You can now peruse the Collections and essays and catch up on the latest research papers we offer through the website. Over time, we hope to expand the limitless virtual square footage of the Museum into an environment rich with web-based projects, additional images from the permanent collection, and educational activities and content.

We invite you to join the ranks of those who support the Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America by becoming a member. Your membership is important to us.

Nancy G. Bedford
Chairman

History

The Museum of Hounds & Hunting, Inc. opened on May 24, 1985 in the north wing of the stately Mansion at Morven Park thanks to a small group of sporting enthusiasts. They conceived the idea of the Museum in order to preserve the art, artifacts and memorabilia of a centuries-old sporting tradition. 

Seeking to acquire important and valuable artifacts before they are lost, the Museum provides a special place for the preservation and display of the sport’s rich history and by developing educational exhibits, promotes public understanding of hunting with hounds and Land conservation.

Dr. Joseph Rogers, MFH, and members of the Loudoun Hunt in front of the Mansion at Morven Park
Dr. Joseph Rogers, MFH, and members of the Loudoun Hunt in front of the Mansion at Morven Park
Vintage black and white photo of foxhunting group crossing the Potomac at White's Ferry
Crossing the Potomac at White's Ferry

Mission

To preserve the rich North American heritage of hunting with hounds, for today and for the future; acquire important artifacts before they are lost; provide a repository for precious objects; and, by developing educational exhibits through research projects, present hunting with hounds through the sport’s historical, sociological and cultural heritage.

About Morven Park

1,200 acre estate west of Leesburg, Virginia

The estate, off Rt. 7 on Old Waterford Road, was home to two governors: Thomas Swann, a governor of Maryland in the 19th century, and Virginia’s reform governor Westmoreland Davis.

Morven Park was the last home of Governor Davis, who served his gubernatorial term from 1918 to 1922, and his wife, the former Marguerite Inman of Atlanta, daughter of a wealthy New York cotton broker.

Thirteen years after his death in 1942, Mrs. Davis established the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation as a memorial to her husband and the estate was opened to the public in 1967.

The mansion, a focal point of the estate, evolved from a fieldstone farmhouse in 1781 to its present turn-of-the-century appearance. It is actually three structures moved together. Visitors enter the mansion through a Greek Revival portico to see a Renaissance great hall, a Jacobean dining room, a French drawing room, a library and a display which highlights the life and times of Governor Davis.

Because the Davises traveled widely, the furnishings are of varied styles and eras, including 16th century Flemish tapestries, Renaissance and neo-Renaissance pieces, l’art nouveau, silver and glass, fine paintings and porcelain figurines collected by Mrs. Davis.

Outside view of the mansion at Morven Park, big white columns with horse and carriage crossing in front

Morven Park Staff

Stacey Metcalfe

Executive Director & CEO

Jana Shafagoj

Director of Preservation & History

Anna Carneal

Collections Manager

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When you give an unrestricted gift to the Annual Giving appeal, you become a vested partner in the Museum’s mission. The member’s response is direct recognition by the donors of the importance of our programs and projects.

Board Members

  • Mrs. Nancy G. Bedford, Chairman*
  • Mr. William N. (Bill) Burnette, MFH, Treasurer
  • Dr. William H. (Will) Allison, Ex-MFH
  • Mrs. James L. (K.T.) Atkins, MFH
  • Mrs. John J. (Patricia) Carle
  • Mr. John J. Head
  • Mr. Joseph Keusch, Ex-MFH
  • Mr. Douglas Lees
  • Mrs. Joseph M. (Donna) Rogers, MFH
  • Ms. Kim Ginn
  • Mrs. Nigel Ogilvie (Louisa) Woodville

Previous Board Members

*Original Board Member  †Deceased

  • Mr. Thomas L. Ashbridge, ex-MFH †
  • Mr. Rob Banner
  • Mrs. Kathleen Beer †
  • Mr. Ernest Byfield †
  • Mrs. Jean Bowman †
  • Mr. John J. (Jake) Carle, II, Ex-MFH*
  • Mr. Peyton S. Cochran, ex-MFH †
  • Ms. Mary Phillips Coker
  • Mrs. Wm.C. (Joyce) Fendley, MFH
  • Lt. Col. Robert N. Ferrer, MFH
  • Mr. Norman Fine
  • Mrs. Samuel K. Frazier †
  • Mr. Oliver Goldsmith †
  • Mr. Sherman P. Haight, Jr., ex-MFH †
  • Mrs. Sherman (Peggy) P. Haight
  • Ms. Mary South Hutchison†
  • Mr. Alexander Mackay-Smith* †
  • Ms. Marion Maggiolo
  • Mrs. Arthur McCashin †
  • Ms. Pamela Ohrstrom †
  • Dr. Betsee Parker
  • Mrs. Christopher (Mary) Reed, MBH
  • Dr. Joseph M. Rogers, MFH*
  • Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Van Schaack†
  • Ms. Eleanor Slater, ex-MFH
  • Mrs. Joseph (Judith) Tartt
  • Mr. Peter Winants†
  • Mr. James L. Young, MFH†
  • Mrs. James L. (Sally) Young†
Donna Rogers, MFH, Bruce McCashin, Stephanie Bourjein, Joseph Keusch

About Our Members

Our membership represents a group that is both diverse and united.

The diversity is reflected in the range of reasons that bring people to the Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America. The unity is found in the single-minded purpose to preserve and promote the art and artifacts of hunting with hounds in North America.

The membership is, of course, well represented by those from the foxhunting community; active participants who ride to hounds, former hunters who still follow and support the sport, and non-hunting friends who appreciate and value this way of life. Also under the hunting banner are those who subscribe to beagle packs, members of hunts whose hounds pursue coyote rather than foxes, and foot followers who hunt behind bassets and other harehound packs.

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