Morven – Albemarle County


Part of the original 1730 Carter family land grant, Morven was known to Thomas Jefferson as “Indian Camp,” which he purchased for his “adoptive son” Col. William Short in 1795. The 19th century ambience of its three-story manor house remains even after 20th and 21st century additions and interior renovations. The last private owner, the late John Kluge, gave the property to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001. Extraordinary grounds feature the formal and cutting gardens renovated by Annette Hoyt Flanders in the 1930s. Boxwood, tulips, phlox, lilacs and deutzia, among other shrubs and perennials, fill a series of distinct garden rooms. Notable trees include centuries old Osage orange, a state champion Chinese chestnut, and several mature magnolia, oak, and ash. A Kluge addition in the mid-1990s, an authentic Japanese garden, provides a serene and unique experience, and is open, weather permitting. Morven was a charter property open for the first Historic Garden Week in Virginia in 1929 and is listed on Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Update March 30, 2023: The Japanese Garden at Morven will not be offered this year.

4/15/23 Morven IS open today and tickets are available for purchase at Morven only.







  • Date
    Saturday April 15, 2023
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Host
    The Albemarle, Charlottesville and Rivanna Garden Clubs
  • Price
    Tickets $20 pp and are available on the day-of. Payable with cash or check only.
  • Location
    791 Morven Drive, Charlottesville, VA, USA University of Virginia Morven
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