Designed by William Thornton, architect of the first United States Capitol, this Georgian style mansion was the home of ... More
Designed by William Thornton, architect of the first United States Capitol, this Georgian style mansion was the home of Eleanor Custis and Lawrence Lewis, Martha Washington's granddaughter and George Washington's nephew. Many Washington and Lewis family heirlooms and furnishings are on display in this home which is known as \"America's First Family Home.\"
While house is in a very lovely wooded area near the Potomac, and the tour guide was extremely thorough in her knowledge about the original owners of the home, I find this to be the least interesting part of the plantation's history! The website discusses the fascinating fact that the house was later owned by Quakers (before the Civil War) who sold pieces of the land to white and free black farmers to make a point that slavery was an unnecessary evil and that life could indeed be integrated. The guide did not mention this at all, but rather only ended the tour saying that the Lewis family (kin to the Washingtons, of course) sold the home somewhere in the early 19th century and that it had multiple owners before being restored in the mid-20th century.
Sadly, what was likely a great early experiment in equality and integration, and a brave political statement by the abolitionists less than 2 hours from the capital of the Confederacy (Richmond) is left unexplored, and I can only imagine it has a fascinating story. Too bad no one at Woodlawn is willing to tell it.
The weather was cold and rainy, but the reception by the staff was warm and charming. The home contains many beautiful artifacts dating from the time of George and Martha Washington. All in all, a pleasure to visit. During a lull in the rain we toured the gardens where there were still roses in bloom and water hyacinths in the formal water garden.
Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center , the Alexandria Archaeology Museum contains artifacts culled from more than 150 sites
and spanning over 10,000 years of human existence. The museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, features exhibits, ...
A gracious Georgian style manor house which is surrounded by 175 year old boxwood gardens and was once part of
a 2,000 acre plantation owned by George Mason. The house was also once the home of George Mason's third ...
Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding fathers often
met here to discuss freedom and revolution. Visit Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and that of his father, General ...
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