A wedding present from George Washington to his adopted daughter, Eleanor Nelly Parke Custis, and her husband, Lawrence ... More
A wedding present from George Washington to his adopted daughter, Eleanor Nelly Parke Custis, and her husband, Lawrence Lewis, Woodlawn was built between 1800 and 1805 on land originally part of the Mount Vernon estate. The house has a tremendous view of the Virginia countryside and of Mount Vernon in the distance. William Thornton, the first architect of the U.S. Capitol , designed the Georgian mansion, which is open for tours of the recreated period rooms and formal gardens. Combination tickets include the nearby Pope-Leighy House .
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.
A quaint, scenic marina that offers a wide range of services including wet and dry storage, a launching ramp, moorings,
and rack storage. The Mariner Sailing School, the largest sailing school in the Washington, D.C., area is also on ...
This Greek Revival building was built in 1839 as the intellectual and cultural center for the city of Alexandria .
The first floor held a library, with the second floor containing a lecture hall. The Civil War brought these ...