The Morgan family, whose manor is Morgan Compound, exercise a great deal of influence over The Peninsula through their extensive landholdings south of the city, primarily vineyards on the river side. Morgan wines have gained universal popularity over the centuries, wherever Lightskins or Continentals are found, and now account for a very large portion of Dortin’s total trade with the south, which otherwise has little use for frontier products or manufactures. Almost unique among Dortin’s merchants, Morgan boatmen were able to maintain small but regular trade with Fogbrindle and Faldoth during even the worst periods of disruption, by a combination of guile, fighting skill, and payoffs. Their barges thus provided the lifeline that kept Dortin from collapse in the war years, and Morgan family members maintain good relations along the river to this day, notably with the Halflings of Fogbrindle. The family also built the Public Boat Launch at the end of Lake Street and Morgan Ferry at the head of Orchard Road. The Dacha is a Morgan property as well. In addition the family operates two Morgan Lighthouses for the benefit of their boatmen, one on The Headland near The Dacha and a smaller copy at the end of Lake Street across from the Public Boat Launch. Vineyard Road, despite being one of only three streets that leaves Dortin heading south, is relatively free of bandit activity; it is generally believed that the Morgans bribe them. Vineyard Road extends less than a third of the way down The Peninsula, however, and the Morgans do not allow farm traffic that is not theirs, which prevents the villages from using this as a safer alternative to The Stone Road. The Alasters prefer it this way, since the majority of farmers are forced to use their road and pay for their protection; most merchants in Dortin believe this is an arrangement between the two mercantile families.
The Morgan family name dates from well before the fifth century, but their original ancestor has long been forgotten. The rivermen are not as obsessed by history as some of the other families. By the fifth century, though, they had already become widespread and wealthy, and never lost their position from then until the present day.