This imposing mansion began as a fieldstone farmhouse in 1781 and was expanded to 32 rooms and much elaborated by owners who included two Virginia governors. The style might best be described as pseudo-Italianate-cum-Greek Revival -- or perhaps Exuberant Excess.
In 1955 Marguerite Inman Davis, widow of reform governor Westmoreland Davis, established a foundation to maintain the 1,200-acre estate as a museum, cultural and equestrian center. On the grounds are the Winmill Carriage Museum, with more than 100 vintage vehicles, and the Museum of Hounds & Hunting (admission includes both museums).
Open April 7 through Dec. 16, Thursday through Monday from 1 to 4, tours on the hour. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors (60 and older), $1 for children 6 to 12, under 6 free.
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