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Popcorn and Caramel Just May Steal Show as Morven Park Reopens Museums

The pardoned presidential turkeys will strut their stuff during special open house.

Popcorn and Caramel on the day of their Morven Park arrival, Jan. 9. Courtesy of Morven Park
Popcorn and Caramel on the day of their Morven Park arrival, Jan. 9. Courtesy of Morven Park

After a month-long deep clean, Morven Park will reopen its museums during the first weekend in February and new resident turkeys Popcorn and Caramel will pay a visit to the Davis Mansion during the Feb. 1-2 festivities.

Popcorn is the turkey spared last year by presidential pardon and Caramel was the alternate.

Besides meeting the somewhat famous turkeys, visitors can check out the Mansion and Winmill Carriage Museum at no charge during the open house.

Morven Park will open the museums from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2. Those in attendance will be invited to take self-guided tours of the first floor of the mansion and received 10 percent discounts at the gift shop.

After the special open house weekend, Popcorn and Caramel will head back to their yard at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill Farm with their new friend Franklin, a heritage bronze turkey who has lived at the park since 2012 

Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis owned Morven Park from 1903 until his death in 1942 and raised as many as 20,000 bronze turkeys during the 1930s. 

The regular 2014 tour schedule resumes Monday, Feb. 3: the Mansion and the Winmill Carriage Museum will be open Thursdays through Mondays, noon to 4 p.m. through March, then 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. from April through October, returning to the winter schedule in November.

Regular tours cost $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and are free for children 5 and under. The combination Mansion/Carriage Museum tour is $9 for adults and $5 for children.

For information about Morven Park’s many 2014 programs and events, go to www.MorvenPark.org.

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