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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Happy Sunday from beautiful Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey!.Both of our historic house tours are open and ready to safely welco...
10/25/2020

Happy Sunday from beautiful Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey!
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Both of our historic house tours are open and ready to safely welcome you! We are open Friday through Monday. Register for our timed, limited tours on our website: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/

Did you miss @picnictheatre's play with the @dumbartonhouse? You still have time to catch it with us! Join us this Wedne...
10/24/2020

Did you miss @picnictheatre's play with the @dumbartonhouse? You still have time to catch it with us! Join us this Wednesday for an online, interactive 30-minute mystery encounter with O. Henry.
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Limited tickets available at 7pm and 8pm! Purchase benefits the Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House museum.
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-picnic-theater-presents-a-virtual-encounter-with-o-henry-tickets-125644701685?aff=Socials&fbclid=IwAR3J6lY5KNvslMQkX3IaQhu8tljSvo0o9rcL5cUPg620y84vVz3dCtxF_i4

#FlashbackFriday to better times that will soon be with us again! Although we can't be in-person this year, that doesn't...
10/24/2020

#FlashbackFriday to better times that will soon be with us again! Although we can't be in-person this year, that doesn't mean the entertainment stops!
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Join us and @picnictheatre online next Wednesday, October 28th for "A (virtual) Encounter with O. Henry", an interactive, 30-minute mystery. After the story is performed live, you and fellow audience members choose their fate and how the story ends!
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$10 Tickets
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-picnic-theater-presents-a-virtual-encounter-with-o-henry-tickets-125644701685?aff=Website

There are so many fun Halloween activities this weekend. Thanks Visit Fairfax!We’re excited for Garden Fairy Houses: Mak...
10/22/2020
Garden Fairy Houses: Making at the Mansion Day! — Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

There are so many fun Halloween activities this weekend. Thanks Visit Fairfax!

We’re excited for Garden Fairy Houses: Making at the Mansion Day at Woodlawn! http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/events/garden-fairy-houses-making

On Saturday, October 24, your enchanted halloween experience begins. Some say that within the beautiful forest and gardens of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, the fairies are out playing at night (along with those ghosts everyone knows about!) As the magic of Halloween approaches, surely

We’ve got you covered!  At Woodlawn, we not only have a historic estate for beautifully designed, socially distant weddi...
10/21/2020

We’ve got you covered! At Woodlawn, we not only have a historic estate for beautifully designed, socially distant weddings, but we’re also committed to making sure your day is just as special today as you’ve always imagined.
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10/20/2020

Calling all Embroiders!
We need your help! In order to recoup lost income from expect programs, we would like to host an Embroidered Mask Holiday Fundraiser!
We need your help to stitch and donate #embroideredmasks to us for this fundraiser. All donations will receive a donation letter, AND be featured at the 2021 Annual Needlework Show!
More information can be found at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/embroidered-mask-holiday-fundraiser
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(Masks featured were not donated - just fun inspiration for the fundraiser!
Thanks for the inspiration @justlaurenjohnson @gracieco.lajolla @savindiadesigner )

I spy with my little eye - fairy dust! Can you find all of the fairies?Join us this Saturday to welcome all of the fairi...
10/19/2020

I spy with my little eye - fairy dust! Can you find all of the fairies?
Join us this Saturday to welcome all of the fairies to Woodlawn by building teensie-weensie houses around our beautiful grounds. Twigs, bark, moss, and more! All natural - just like the fairies like it.
Register for your space at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-fairy-houses-making-at-the-mansion-day-tickets-122418905241?aff=SocialPost
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Picnic Theatre Company and Woodlawn Pope Leighey proudly presents: An Encounter with O. Henry - a Short 30-minute, inter...
10/18/2020

Picnic Theatre Company and Woodlawn Pope Leighey proudly presents: An Encounter with O. Henry - a Short 30-minute, interactive mystery!
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Just in time for Halloween on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, join Picnic Theatre Company online for an interactive, 30-minute mystery encounter with O. Henry, one of America’s foremost story writers of the early 20th century and the master of surprise endings.
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Timed tickets 7pm and 8pm.
$10 ticket purchase benefits Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey museum.
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Purchase your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-picnic-theater-presents-a-virtual-encounter-with-o-henry-tickets-125644701685?aff=Socials

Today is the last day of the 2020 Online Needlework Show!  Thank you for all of the support and positive comments we hav...
10/15/2020

Today is the last day of the 2020 Online Needlework Show! Thank you for all of the support and positive comments we have received during this updated version of our Show.
If you haven't purchased your ticket yet, there is still time left!
The show will be taken down tonight at midnight.
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow
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Whether it’s 55 or 350 guests, Woodlawn makes every wedding feel intimate. Our 4,000 square foot tent is a blank canvas ...
10/14/2020

Whether it’s 55 or 350 guests, Woodlawn makes every wedding feel intimate. Our 4,000 square foot tent is a blank canvas for personal touches and unique dining experiences, and our spacious estate offers a picturesque backdrop for your special day. Schedule a tour and see for yourself.
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The 2020 Online Needlework Show is CLOSING in only 2 DAYS! It takes a while to go through the 500+ pieces we show, so yo...
10/13/2020

The 2020 Online Needlework Show is CLOSING in only 2 DAYS! It takes a while to go through the 500+ pieces we show, so you need to purchase your tickets so you have enough time to see them all.
https://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow
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Please remember that this is a fundraiser to recoup lost funds from our in-person Needlework Show earlier this year, which had to close due to COVID-19. Please consider donating!
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The best way to spread Halloween cheer.... oops! Wrong Holiday 🙃👻🎃Our Fairy House events are a great way to get into the...
10/11/2020

The best way to spread Halloween cheer.... oops! Wrong Holiday 🙃👻🎃
Our Fairy House events are a great way to get into the magical Halloween spirit! Both events are outside our beautiful estate, which plenty of room to social distance! Spaces are limited, so book soon! More info on our website - https://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/
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Need something fun to do this weekend? Both of our historic houses are open for tours Friday through Monday! Safety is o...
10/10/2020

Need something fun to do this weekend? Both of our historic houses are open for tours Friday through Monday! Safety is our priority, so tours are timed and limited to 6 people, which allows ample space for social distancing. Don't forget your mask and come visit us!
Tours fill up quickly, so book now!
https://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/reopening
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#FlashbackFriday to our Makers & Creators program! Did you miss any of our interviews with the talented makers or creato...
10/09/2020

#FlashbackFriday to our Makers & Creators program! Did you miss any of our interviews with the talented makers or creators? You can now view them on our website!
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/makers-creators-igtv
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Only 1 week left for our 2020 Online Needlework Show! This show one of our biggest fundraisers every year, and with YOUR...
10/08/2020

Only 1 week left for our 2020 Online Needlework Show! This show one of our biggest fundraisers every year, and with YOUR support we hope to keep it going for years to come. With a $12 donation, you can see 480+ beautiful pieces. BUT you only have one more week! Don't miss out!
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow
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Our friends at @districtarchcenter launched a virtual exhibit - On Architecture - featuring Frank Lloyd Wright! .On Arch...
10/07/2020

Our friends at @districtarchcenter launched a virtual exhibit - On Architecture - featuring Frank Lloyd Wright!
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On Architecture highlights quoted criticisms, opinions, or ideas about the built world around us by architects from around the globe who are connected to the Washington, DC region through projects or practice. But architects aren’t the only voices speaking about architecture. They include words by figures from other walks of life—artists, politicians, writers—who offer their own thoughts on architecture.
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Check it out at: https://aiadc.cargo.site/On-Architecture

Whether in high bloom or fall green, our crepe myrtles provide the perfect natural arch for your ceremony on the estate....
10/07/2020

Whether in high bloom or fall green, our crepe myrtles provide the perfect natural arch for your ceremony on the estate. Visit our website to learn more about @designcuisine and @maineventcatrs, our catering partners, and hosting your wedding with us! ⁠
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Alexandria has been announced as a Top 5 Best Small City in the US for the 3rd year in a row! 🎉🎉🎉
10/06/2020
Visit Alexandria VA

Alexandria has been announced as a Top 5 Best Small City in the US for the 3rd year in a row! 🎉🎉🎉

Just announced! Alexandria is a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. for the third consecutive year, according to the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Fall brings chilly weather, changing leaves, and MAGIC! Some say that within the beautiful forest and gardens of Woodlaw...
10/03/2020

Fall brings chilly weather, changing leaves, and MAGIC! Some say that within the beautiful forest and gardens of Woodlawn Estate, the fairies are out playing at night (along with those ghosts everyone knows about!)

Come and build (natural, foraged) teensie-houses for our fairy friends on October 24th! Sign up for your time slot and space on our website!

#fairy #fairyhouse #halloween #safeevent #outdoorevent #fairygarden #crafting #familyfun #halloweenevents #events #historicvenue #halloween2020

There are only 14 days left to view the 2020 Online Needlework Show! You do not want to miss the opportunity to view 480...
10/02/2020

There are only 14 days left to view the 2020 Online Needlework Show! You do not want to miss the opportunity to view 480+ exquisite needlework pieces.
Your $12 donation for this program supports our non-profit organization and will help us produce the Needlework show for years to come! Make your donation, and find more information at: http://woodlawnpopeleigheyhouse.squarespace.com/annualneedleworkshow
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20th in 2020. Belated perfect #weddingwednesday pic because this couple, celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary at W...
10/01/2020

20th in 2020. Belated perfect #weddingwednesday pic because this couple, celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary at Woodlawn yesterday are just too adorable to miss. Couples who marry at our houses are always welcome back to the property to celebrate - you are a part of our history and always will be! Our fave pic of course is the before and after.. what’s yours? #happyanniversary❤️ #marriagebliss #lookslikewemadeit #anniversaryvenue #willyouwoodlawn?

09/30/2020
"Our love will always last, because good things last forever" | Cam & Mike's Wedding Film

Stunning! Woodlawn is perfectly captured by Harrison Films during Cameron & Mike’s fall wedding. Known for our gorgeous mansion and luscious lawns, Woodlawn shines as they celebrate their special day and begin the next steps in their journey. See more of Woodlawn, and the full-length feature, at: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/weddings-1

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Film by: Harrison Films
planning: Happily Hitched
photography: Emily Ann Photography
venue: Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
gown: Kleinfeld Bridal by Reem Acra
gown 2: @sarahseven
suits: Enzo Custom
florals: Helen Olivia Flowers
bridesmaids: Fame and Partners
catering: Design cuisine
hair: @shearstonat @missmelissahair
makeup: @blushawaymakeup
dj: Ryan Mosel
ceremony music: Olivera Music Entertainment
invitations: Artisan Matchmaker
confetti: Superior Celebrations
engagement ring: Brilliant Earth
wedding band: Marrow Fine Jewelry
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JIeaKYVWQo&feature=youtu.be

On October 5, 2019, Cameron & Mike celebrated their wedding at Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House in Alexandra. Virginia. Here is a preview o...

Need something to do outside to enjoy this great weather?! Check out the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail! See all...
09/28/2020
Experience the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Network; A Developing Trail in Northern Virginia

Need something to do outside to enjoy this great weather?! Check out the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail! See all of the cool sites that it connects throughout Northern Virginia in this great video!

https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=80A5E316-0648-EDD4-1AFA4C23B69B2D0A

A video celebrating the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and the continued coordination among Northern Virginia organizations that host the trail.

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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."