Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House On a beautiful 126-acre estate of rolling hills overlooking the Potomac River, visitors can explore and contrast the architectural and historical backgrounds of two unique homes and enjoy a natural retreat in the midst of the busy Route 1 corridor.
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Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House are two historic sites owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We are innovative partners with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture as well as Nelly's Needlers, a group of dedicated women who continue needlepoint in Woodlawn's first owner, Nelly Custis' honor, as a way to support our sites. Woodlawn, the first site operated by the National Trust, was part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. In 1799, he gave the site to his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Lewis’ new bride, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Martha’s granddaughter, in hopes of keeping Nelly close to Mount Vernon. The newly-married couple built the Georgian/Federal house designed by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol. In 1846, the entire plantation was sold to Quaker timber merchants, who purposefully operated the farm plantation with free labor, making a statement in Virginia on the eve of the Civil War. At the turn of the twentieth century, two separate owners, Paul Kester and Elizabeth Sharpe, lovingly restored the property using the best Colonial Revival architects and builders. Senator Oscar Underwood from Alabama, an uncompromising advocate for civil rights, lived at the mansion from 1925 until his death in 1929. Operated as a historic house museum since 1949, Woodlawn is an interesting case-study of the cultural relevance of the house museum. Woodlawn relies on local support and engagement to succeed. During the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright set his formidable attention towards designing affordable middle-class residences. More than 100 of these modest homes, referred to as Usonian, thought to mean “the United States of North America,” were constructed between 1936 and Wright’s death in 1959, including the Pope-Leighey house (1940). Commissioned in 1939 by Loren Pope, a journalist in Falls Church, the residence was sold to Robert and Marjorie Leighey in 1946. The house was in the path of an expansion of Highway 66, so in an effort to preserve the building, Mrs. Leighey gave the property to the National Trust, which relocated it to nearby Woodlawn and granted her lifetime tenancy. Mrs. Leighey occupied the house at Woodlawn, until her death in 1983. Unusually, the house required a second move due to the instability of the clay soil, and was relocated about thirty feet up the hill in 1995-96.

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THE LAST DAY to submit your needlework piece for the 58th Annual Needlework Show is TOMORROW! Remember to fill out your ...
04/17/2021

THE LAST DAY to submit your needlework piece for the 58th Annual Needlework Show is TOMORROW! Remember to fill out your online application and drop by Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House today or tomorrow from 10 am – 3 pm. We are excited to see what you have been stitching!
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THE LAST DAY to submit your needlework piece for the 58th Annual Needlework Show is TOMORROW! Remember to fill out your online application and drop by Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House today or tomorrow from 10 am – 3 pm. We are excited to see what you have been stitching!
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What #inspires you? Art is a way to connect emotions and stories to the world around us. Show us what you have been crea...
04/15/2021

What #inspires you? Art is a way to connect emotions and stories to the world around us. Show us what you have been creating! Enter your hand-stitched embroidered work in the Annual #NeedleworkShow! ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT
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What #inspires you? Art is a way to connect emotions and stories to the world around us. Show us what you have been creating! Enter your hand-stitched embroidered work in the Annual #NeedleworkShow! ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT
https://2021woodlawnneedleworkshow.artcall.org/
#worldartday #art #embroideryart #stitching #stitchingart #needlework

Love how @sarahculver captured a special moment at Pope-Leighey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design, after the couple sai...
04/14/2021

Love how @sarahculver captured a special moment at Pope-Leighey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design, after the couple said, ‘I do’! #architecturemonth #weddingwednesday
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Love how @sarahculver captured a special moment at Pope-Leighey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design, after the couple said, ‘I do’! #architecturemonth #weddingwednesday
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ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your hand-stitched pieces to the Annual Needlework Show & Sale at Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey...
04/11/2021

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your hand-stitched pieces to the Annual Needlework Show & Sale at Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House – one of the largest & longest-running shows in the nation! Register your piece through the online submission form - https://2021woodlawnneedleworkshow.artcall.org/

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your hand-stitched pieces to the Annual Needlework Show & Sale at Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House – one of the largest & longest-running shows in the nation! Register your piece through the online submission form - https://2021woodlawnneedleworkshow.artcall.org/

We are excited to announce the reopening of Pope-Leighey House Outside-In Tours starting on Saturday, April 17th! Tours ...
04/09/2021

We are excited to announce the reopening of Pope-Leighey House Outside-In Tours starting on Saturday, April 17th! Tours will run on Saturdays and Sundays only through April, and every day May 2nd - 31st, except Tuesdays. All tickets must be pre-booked through our website: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/

We are excited to announce the reopening of Pope-Leighey House Outside-In Tours starting on Saturday, April 17th! Tours will run on Saturdays and Sundays only through April, and every day May 2nd - 31st, except Tuesdays. All tickets must be pre-booked through our website: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/

April marks the beginning of our wedding season! It’s a time of renewal with vibrant blooms and bursts of green. We are ...
03/31/2021

April marks the beginning of our wedding season! It’s a time of renewal with vibrant blooms and bursts of green. We are thankful and elated to safely welcome you for your celebrations—big or small—to Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey. Reach out to us at [email protected] to learn about availability and more.
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Spending time in nature is one of our favorite parts of springtime and could be a great inspiration for an embroidery pi...
03/26/2021

Spending time in nature is one of our favorite parts of springtime and could be a great inspiration for an embroidery piece! Show us your favorite scenes in the annual #NeedleworkShow. DEADLINE for mail-in entries is April 1st, and drop-off entries is April 18th!
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow

That look you get when you see your future walking toward you! #weddingwednesday@stephenbobb @designcuisine @maineventca...
03/24/2021

That look you get when you see your future walking toward you! #weddingwednesday

@stephenbobb @designcuisine @maineventcatrs #willyouwoodlawn #weddings #vawedding #dcwedding #historicvenue #historichousewedding #trustsites #savingplaces #weddingvenue #weddingphotography #outdoorweddings #weddinginspiration #weddingdetails #weddingflowers #gardenweddings #tentedweddings #historichouseweddings #weddingday #virginiawedding #Youareengagednowwhat #bestvenues

Thursday, April 8th.  Noon to 1pm EST.Researcher and author, Cassandra Good discusses her research about the names, live...
03/23/2021

Thursday, April 8th. Noon to 1pm EST.
Researcher and author, Cassandra Good discusses her research about the names, lives, and stories of the enslaved men and women who had lived and labored on the Woodlawn Plantation. She will also present on the Lewis and Custis families and their roles in slavery in the 1800s. Registration linked in our bio.

Researcher and author, Cassandra Good discusses her research about the names, lives, and stories of the enslaved men and...
03/22/2021

Researcher and author, Cassandra Good discusses her research about the names, lives, and stories of the enslaved men and women who had lived and labored on the Woodlawn Plantation. She will also present on the Lewis and Custis families and their roles in slavery in the 1800s. Register for this program by visiting: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/events/the-enslaved-community-at-woodlawn

In honor of #WorldPoetryDay, we flashback to the Voices of Woodlawn program last month. In this program, four poets face...
03/21/2021

In honor of #WorldPoetryDay, we flashback to the Voices of Woodlawn program last month. In this program, four poets faced their emotions of anger, hurt, and sadness and gave voice to the silenced enslaved ancestors at Woodlawn through the spoken word, musical interpretation, and visual art. Their art acknowledges the unspoken and unknown lives of the 90 African Americans who lived on the site from 1805 – 1846, View the recorded program on our website: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn

Spring has sprung! We are excited to see all of the new blooms and buds coming up on the grounds. Be on the lookout for ...
03/20/2021

Spring has sprung! We are excited to see all of the new blooms and buds coming up on the grounds. Be on the lookout for re-opening dates coming soon!
#woodlawnpopeleighey #firstdayofspring #flowers #blooming #spring

The couple’s joy and warmth were perfectly captured in each glance and laugh!  It’s clear there was more than just the s...
03/18/2021

The couple’s joy and warmth were perfectly captured in each glance and laugh! It’s clear there was more than just the sun shining that day at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey.

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May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. #happystpatricksday #weddingwednesday @design...
03/17/2021

May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. #happystpatricksday #weddingwednesday

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Happy #StPatricksDay! We hope you enjoy this stitched map of Ireland by @central.limit.stitches! Remember to register yo...
03/17/2021

Happy #StPatricksDay! We hope you enjoy this stitched map of Ireland by @central.limit.stitches! Remember to register your needlepoint pieces for the 58th Annual Needlework Show! Deadline for mail-in entries is April 1st, and drop-off entries is April 18th!
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More information can be found at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow
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Happy #PiDay! Do you have any #embroidered pieces inspired by your favorite food? Share them with us, and enter them int...
03/14/2021

Happy #PiDay! Do you have any #embroidered pieces inspired by your favorite food?
Share them with us, and enter them into the Annual #Needlework Show! More information at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow
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This delicious piece was made by @hoopsbyfull_on_monet

Don’t miss this Sunday when Peter Christensen shares insights and rare photos of the Pope-Leighey House in a special 80t...
03/12/2021

Don’t miss this Sunday when Peter Christensen shares insights and rare photos of the Pope-Leighey House in a special 80th Anniversary Presentation. Peter has been leading expert tours for 18 years on architecture, history, and in-depth experiences of his work at the site. Register for this talk at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/events/peter-christensen-discusses-plh

Hope you’re ready to spring forward into wedding planning!  Visit our website and schedule a wedding tour of historic Wo...
03/10/2021

Hope you’re ready to spring forward into wedding planning! Visit our website and schedule a wedding tour of historic Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey. Email [email protected] for more information. #WeddingWednesday
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@designcuisine @maineventcatrs @alexandramandato #willyouwoodlawn #weddings #vawedding #dcwedding #historicvenue #historichousewedding #trustsites #savingplaces #weddingvenue #weddingphotography #outdoorweddings #weddinginspiration #weddingdetails #weddingflowers #gardenweddings #tentedweddings #historichouseweddings #weddingday #virginiawedding #Youareengagednowwhat #bestvenues

Day or night, the Fountain Garden is a favorite space at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey.  It’s a place where couples most often...
03/03/2021

Day or night, the Fountain Garden is a favorite space at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey. It’s a place where couples most often use color and décor to express their personalities. What thoughtful touches would your Fountain Garden include?

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Rainy days are perfect weather for stitching, and we want to see what you've been creating! Tag us in your masterpieces,...
02/28/2021

Rainy days are perfect weather for stitching, and we want to see what you've been creating! Tag us in your masterpieces, and enter them into the 58th Annual Needlework Show & Sale. More information available at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow

The #WoodlawnPopeLeighey turkeys are enjoying this nice weather & cannot wait for spring! How are you soaking up the sun...
02/24/2021

The #WoodlawnPopeLeighey turkeys are enjoying this nice weather & cannot wait for spring! How are you soaking up the sunshine today?

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th Register to hear his artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn.M...
02/24/2021

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th
Register to hear his artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn
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Meet Clifford Bernier
Clifford is the author of three poetry collections; he has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and his “The Silent Art” won the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award. He appears on harmonica in the Accumulated Dust world music series and is featured on the EP Post-Columbian America, available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp. A member of the Washington Writers Collection, he has featured on NPR’s “The Poet and the Poem” from the Library of Congress and lives in Northern Virginia. Cliff accompanies the Voices on harmonica.

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th Register to hear his artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn.M...
02/23/2021

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th
Register to hear his artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn
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Meet Patrick Washington.
Patrick was forged in Washington DC’s vibrant arts community of the mid-’90s, finding his voice on DC’s famed U Street corridor alongside writers like Sistah Joy Alford, Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jason Reynolds. His early work has been published in ROM Publications, Life Through Black Eyes, and more recent work can be found online in the Beltway Quarterly. Patrick often defies convention, melding spoken word with dance, theater, comedy, and more. Recently, Patrick was named Director of the DMV area Youth Poet Laureate program, giving young people the opportunity to collaborate with city officials & serve as poetic ambassadors for their community.

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th Register to hear her artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn.M...
02/22/2021

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th
Register to hear her artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn
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Meet Sylvia Dianne “Ladi Di” Beverly.
Ladi Di is a native of South East Washington, D.C., and alumni of Anacostia High School, and the University of District of Columbia. She is an internationally acclaimed poet and has presented poetry in Brixton, London, England, at the Lewisham Theater. A collection of her work is housed at George Washington University's Gelman Library, and has been featured at Smithsonian museums, such as the Museum of History, African Arts Museum, and the Hirshon Museum. She is a proud member or founder of projects such as Writers on the Green Line, Poetry X Hunger, Poetry Poster Project, Voices of Woodlawn, Anointed PENS Poetry Ministry, Collective Voices, and an alum of Poets in Progress with Poet Laureate of District of Columbia - the late Dolores Kendrick. Ladi Di was included in the 40th Anniversary of Maryland’s State Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri, reading on her show "The Poet and the Poem" at the Library of Congress Experience. She is author of two books (“Forever In Your Eyes”, and “Cooking Up South”), both on Amazon. She is a Poet of Excellence in Prince Georges County 2020.

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th Register to hear her artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn.M...
02/21/2021

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th
Register to hear her artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn
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Meet Diane Wilbon Parks
Diane is a visual poet and artist and has written two poetry collections and a children’s book. She is the founder of The Write Blend, a culturally diverse poetry circle, and has been recognized as a 2020 Prince George’s County Poet of Excellence. Diane celebrates the permanent installation of one of her poems and artwork at the Patuxent Research Refuge - North Tract. Diane’s poetry has been widely featured and highlighted nationally, and internationally. Diane has been a longstanding literary advocate and leader in the poetry community. Her poetry is included in the International Anthology, Singing in the Dark. She is also included in the 43rd and 44th Anniversary of Grace Cavalieri’s, “The Poet and The Poem” at the Library of Congress. Diane is a USAF Veteran and a Senior IT Program Manager.

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th Register to hear his artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of- woodlawn....
02/20/2021

Voices of Woodlawn | Feb. 25th
Register to hear his artistry at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of- woodlawn
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Meet Hiram Larew.
In 2019, Hiram was a part of the Writers in Residency Program, a partnership program organized by Woodlawn, @theinnerloop, and @arcadiafood. His fourth collection of poems, Undone, was published in 2018 by FootHills Publishing. His poems have been nominated for four Pushcarts, and have appeared in recent issues of Poetry South, Contemporary American Voices, and Best Poetry Online. Hiram recently received an Individual Artist Grant from the Prince George’s (Maryland, USA) Arts and Humanities Council for The Poetry Poster Project as well as a Creativity Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and support from the United Nations for his Poetry X Hunger initiative which encourages poets to contribute to local and worldwide anti-hunger efforts.

We are only one week away from the powerful program of witness, Voices of Woodlawn, on February 25th at 12:00 pm EST. Th...
02/18/2021

We are only one week away from the powerful program of witness, Voices of Woodlawn, on February 25th at 12:00 pm EST. Throughout this next week, we’ll highlight the artists behind the words. Join us virtually next Thursday to hear their striking, important messages, works of artistry, and truth. Register through http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/voices-of-woodlawn.

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congratulations #321 and 322 needlepoint artist NJB! Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House Show!
A friend and I had a wonderful visit on Sunday, March 31, 2019 (my second visit). The needle work was superb, the lunch at the Cafe delicious and the visit to the Pope-Leighey house fascinating. Thank you.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Frank Lloyd Wright tour last Monday. The talk about the emphasis of Japanese influence on his work was very enlightening. Good job ladies!
Raul Colon
Did you know: Frank Lloyd Wright designed architecture for cats? The first two photos are the V. C. Morris Gift Shop (San Fransisco, 1948) designed to look like being inside a champagne glass, and with an interior cat door (to the litter box). The second two photos: "In the early 1950s, Gerald Tonkens commissioned the office of Frank Lloyd Wright to design and build his family’s residence, The Tonkens House, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Tonkens’ daughter, Nancy, had a cat named Felinus and she requested an appropriate residence for the cat as well, so the office designed this modern cat house in Wright’s favorite color, Cherokee Red."