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.

Join us THIS SUNDAY for the The Picnic Theatre Company staging of two short stories by Ray Bradbury! His highly imaginat...
11/07/2019

Join us THIS SUNDAY for the The Picnic Theatre Company staging of two short stories by Ray Bradbury! His highly imaginative stories, which often first appeared in fantasy and science fiction magazines like this, blend a poetic style, nostalgia for childhood, social criticism, and an awareness of the hazards of runaway technology. In the first tale, a picture perfect family finds out that not all is what it seems living in a house of perfect technology. In the second tale, one man fulfills an extraordinary birthday wish for a time travelling adventure with an unsavory cast of characters. Tickets are only $15 for this performance inside our historic house - click the link in our bio to get yours today! ⁠⠀

Picnic Theatre Company brings you a thrilling and hilarious evening with Ray Bradbury THIS Sunday, November 10! - https:...
11/06/2019
Picnic Theatre Company brings you a thrilling and hilarious evening with Ray Bradbury THIS Sunday, November 10!

Picnic Theatre Company brings you a thrilling and hilarious evening with Ray Bradbury THIS Sunday, November 10! - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/picnictheaterraybradbury

An Evening With Ray Bradbury Be transported to this 1950's vision of the future at the dawn of the atomic age, with a one act multimedia staging of two short stories from America's master of mystery, Ray Bradbury, and bonus campy ads on Dimension X radio! His highly imaginative stories blend a poet...

Meet Eckles. Who has one extraordinary birthday wish. He may not get what he's expecting....Come find out what happens t...
11/05/2019

Meet Eckles. Who has one extraordinary birthday wish. He may not get what he's expecting...
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Come find out what happens this Sunday, November 10 during “An Evening with Ray Bradbury” with the @picnictheatre company. 🎭 Link to tickets in our bio!
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Fight Finished: First!!!!!!. Congrats Washington Nationals from all the staff at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House ( dressin...
10/31/2019

Fight Finished: First!!!!!!. Congrats Washington Nationals from all the staff at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House ( dressing up another famous first Washingtonian) !!! You did it! #washingtonnationals #washingtonnats @nationals #dcproud #2019worldseries

On Sunday November 10, join Picnic Theatre Company for An Evening with Ray Bradbury! Be transported to this 1950's visio...
10/28/2019

On Sunday November 10, join Picnic Theatre Company for An Evening with Ray Bradbury! Be transported to this 1950's vision of the future at the dawn of the atomic age, with a one act multimedia staging of two short stories from America's master of mystery, Ray Bradbury, and bonus campy ads on Dimension X radio! Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. The house will open for cocktails at 4pm, with a 5pm performance in the Underwood Room.⁠⠀
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Less than a week away and tickets are going SPOOKILY fast for our first ever Smoke & Mirrors Mystery Soirée fundraiser!...
10/27/2019

Less than a week away and tickets are going SPOOKILY fast for our first ever Smoke & Mirrors Mystery Soirée fundraiser! Click the link in our bio now to get tickets on November 2nd! Don’t miss your chance to experience SIPS, SPIRITS & SLEUTHING inside our candlelit historic mansion - and the speakeasy tent: the perfect way to spend the post-Halloween weekend and a great way to support our site!
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Do you have a CLUE what a night we have in store for you! Where else might you meet charming strangers, lurking ghosts, ...
10/26/2019

Do you have a CLUE what a night we have in store for you! Where else might you meet charming strangers, lurking ghosts, and rather peculiar things, but in a Mansion just built for playing sleuth and dare in the (candlelit) dark? Why, at Smoke & Mirrors, of course! Grab your friends or frenemies, flex your mystery solving muscles and polish up your magnifying glass - but don't forget your tickets! Click the link in our bio to grab yours today! ⁠⠀
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Clue game copyright Hasbro.

For today’s #weddingwednesday, you’ve never seen a flower #girlsquad this adorable! What a lucky Woodlawn bride to b...
10/23/2019

For today’s #weddingwednesday, you’ve never seen a flower #girlsquad this adorable! What a lucky Woodlawn bride to be coming down the aisle after these little ladies. #repost @theminerdetailsdc “Thank heaven for little girls and gorgeous brides to be 🥰
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Watching these little sweethearts walk down the aisle was one of the best parts of the day 💜” photo by @_bkphotos
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Go ahead, take a look in the mirror - here at Woodlawn, you never know who you might see looking back.... see for yourse...
10/20/2019

Go ahead, take a look in the mirror - here at Woodlawn, you never know who you might see looking back.... see for yourself on November 2nd for the Smoke & Mirrors Mystery Soiree - a night of sleuthing, spirits, and sustenance - ticket link in bio.⁠⠀
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It's Friday and after a long week we are ready for a cocktail.....with a side of spooky! Our exclusive catering partner ...
10/18/2019

It's Friday and after a long week we are ready for a cocktail.....with a side of spooky! Our exclusive catering partner @designcuisine has got terrifying treats and creepy cocktails in store for you at our November 2nd mystery dinner event - want to take a sip? Click the link in our bio now to get your tickets! ⁠⠀
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Another stunning Woodlawn wedding ceremony!! #repost from @eighttreestreetfloral whose floral moon arch is stunning as a...
10/17/2019

Another stunning Woodlawn wedding ceremony!! #repost from @eighttreestreetfloral whose floral moon arch is stunning as always!! Wishing this couple so much love and happiness, and thanks to @annecanon for gorgeous photos and as always @designcuisine for flawless catering! #wedding #weddingvenues #weddingphotography #vawedding #dcwedding #weddingdress #weddinginspiration #weddingdecor

This wool smoking cap, on display in the sitting room, was embroidered by Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis in 1839.  By this t...
10/15/2019

This wool smoking cap, on display in the sitting room, was embroidered by Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis in 1839. By this time, she was living at Audley Plantation. This is where she lived until her death in 1852. Comment below if you know the purpose of a smoking cap.⁠

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What do you see when you look in the mirror? Some evenings at Woodlawn, you never know who you might see looking back......
10/12/2019

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Some evenings at Woodlawn, you never know who you might see looking back.... to try for yourself, join us on November 2nd for #smokeandmirrors - ticket link in bio.⁠⠀
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#halloween #halloweenevents #dcevents #virginiaevents #mydccool #acreativedc #visitalexandria #visitfairfax #historicevents #historicvenue @thingstododc @visitfairfax @visitalexva @histpresinc @dchousemuseums @housemuseums @historichouseconsortium @alexandrialivingmag @nova_magazine #ghoststories @visitvirginia @culturaldc #murdermysteryparty #clueparty #visitalexva #visitfairfax @funinfairfax #dancinginthedark @designcuisine @northernvirginialiving #historichouses #trustsites #mansionparties #hauntedhouse #1920sparty #reimagininghistory #dcnightlife #dcevent #virginiahistory #virginiaevents #halloween2019 #museumevents #dcdaytrip ⁠⠀

Clue fanatic? Where else might you meet charming strangers, lurking ghosts, and rather peculiar things, but in a Mansion...
10/10/2019

Clue fanatic? Where else might you meet charming strangers, lurking ghosts, and rather peculiar things, but in a Mansion just built for playing sleuth and dare in the (candlelit) dark? Why, at Smoke & Mirrors, of course! Grab your friends or frenemies, flex your mystery solving muscles and polish up your magnifying glass - but don't forget your tickets! Click the link in our bio to grab yours today! ⁠⠀
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#halloween #halloweenevents #dcevents #virginiaevents #mydccool #acreativedc #visitalexandria #visitfairfax #historicevents #historicvenue @thingstododc @visitfairfax @visitalexva @histpresinc @dchousemuseums @housemuseums @historichouseconsortium @alexandrialivingmag @nova_magazine #ghoststories @visitvirginia @culturaldc #murdermysteryparty #clueparty #halloweensoiree #visitalexva #visitfairfax @funinfairfax #dancinginthedark @designcuisine @northernvirginialiving #historichouses #trustsites #mansionparties #hauntedhouse #1920sparty #reimagininghistory #dcnightlife #dcevent #virginiahistory #virginiaevents #halloween2019 #museumevents #dcdaytrip ⁠⠀
Image copyright Paramount Pictures.

10/09/2019

WHAT a treat for this #weddingwednesday - a film from last weekend’s amazing wedding! 🎥 by @harrisonfilms “I’ll make sure to say yes when they ask the big question” -Mike
Cam: “it’s I do.” -

Despite the slight confusion leading up to their big day, Cam and Mike totally nailed the whole getting married thing on Saturday. No spoilers here - you’ll have to watch and see for yourself!

We’re so thankful to have found two people who share our belief that you can never have enough champagne or confetti! Extra thankful those two people trusted us to preserve their story and wedding day memories.

Cam and Mike, it was truly #OneForTheBrooks 😜 Cheers to you!!
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dream team:
video: @harrisonfilms
planning: @happilyhitched
photography: @_emilyannphotography_
venue: @woodlawnandpopeleighey
hotel: @thealexandrianhotel
gown: @kleinfeldbridal by @reemacrawedding
suits: @enzocustom
florals: @helenoliviaflowers
bridesmaids: @fameandpartners
catering: @designcuisine
hair: @shearstonat @missmelissa_hair
makeup: @blushawaymakeup
dj: @djryanmosel
ceremony music: @olivera.music
invitations: @artisanmatchmaker
confetti: @superiorcelebrations
rings: @brilliantearth @marrowfine_

If you are sipping a mimosa on this #sundayfunday, you will LOVE the signature #champagne bar and creative #cocktails th...
10/06/2019

If you are sipping a mimosa on this #sundayfunday, you will LOVE the signature #champagne bar and creative #cocktails that @designcuisine has got in store for you at our November 2nd Smoke & Mirrors Mystery Sioree! Sip on a carefully crafted cocktail while you crack the case and dance the night away! And don’t miss the tasty bits to accompany your drink. Get your tickets now at the link in our bio! #drinks #dcnightlife #dcevents #halloween #dchalloween #signaturedrinks

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