Located just 15 minutes from downtown Charlottesville and approximately 2 hours from Washington DC, Morven provides both privacy and accessibility. Throughout the year, Morven hosts educational and charitable programs and events as well as select corporate retreats. From Morven Seminars, to organizational retreats and leadership development forums, Morven continues to be a destination for critical thinking.
Breaking ground in Spring 2011, a student-led team restored a one-acre kitchen garden at Morven. The Morven Kitchen Garden productive and educational garden currently serves as a local food systems laboratory for students and faculty, including Morven Summer Institute participants. The Kitchen Garden offers a unique student and faculty CSA program, in which CSA members receive a box of produce each week, dropped off on grounds.
The Morven Summer Institute (MSI) is a unique and intensive summer academic program which is rooted in interdisciplinary, place-based learning. The inaugural MSI took was launched in May 2011 and has continued every summer since on the grounds of Morven Farm. The program was open to UVA undergraduates and graduate students, as well as students enrolled at other colleges or universities.
The Presidential Precinct -- a partnership between UVA, Morven, Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, William & Mary and Montpelier-- is an exciting new collaboration focused on inspiring international dialogue, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving, with the final goal advancement in the development of democracy around the world.
Morven offers a landscape that is historically rich, located in close proximity and with historical connection to Monticello and Ash Lawn. As we learn to look back to our founding fathers to offer insight to today’s social and political crises, Morven is also the research hub for emerging findings on Jefferson's proposal for emancipation. With the help of renown local Jeffersonian scholars, historical research currently being conducted deals with an emancipation proposal advanced by Thomas Jefferson’s “adoptive son” William Short, for whom Jefferson originally purchased the Morven property.
Ongoing archeological research at Morven offers an even deeper glimpse into the past. An inter-institutional Morven Archeology Survey team (MAST) includes archeologists from Washington and Lee, the Flowerdew Hundred collection, Rivanna Archaeological Services, and local/regional historians.