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.

We had an amazing day at @lostboycider testing our parings for our event next week - tickets are going fast, so get your...
02/06/2020

We had an amazing day at @lostboycider testing our parings for our event next week - tickets are going fast, so get yours today! Pairing your #GirlScoutcookies love with your love of #craftedcider just before ❤️ day. On Feb 12th, we present our very first fundraising event of 2020 and we are headed to Lost Boy Cider! Pair up with friends or loves and be one of the very first to get your Girl Scout cookies this year. Limited Tix are up on our website now ( drop down for Woodlawn Events). Each ticket includes a half-glass tasting of 8 different cider varieties paired with the 8 latest Girl Scout Cookies. We also partner with a local Alexandria troop, and will have extra boxes to take home. ⁠Over 21 Event.⁠⠀
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BOOM. #stitchers #makers #embroideryartistsoninstagram: Tomorrow is last day for mailing in your needlework to the Annua...
01/31/2020

BOOM. #stitchers #makers #embroideryartistsoninstagram: Tomorrow is last day for mailing in your needlework to the Annual Needlework Show & Sale! Get thee to the post office,Fed Ex or UPS store. Just get it in. We have had so many amazing pieces, from everywhere, that have already arrived to @institchesneedlework. Walk-ins from groups, guilds, individuals are still accepted at Woodlawn Mansion on Feb 8th and 9th ( so if you have a friend in the Northern VA/DC area, you could bribe them to bring it in for you then!). All instructions and information about submitting, selling your piece(s) at the Show & Sale and our incredible line up of events is at link in bio. More questions? DM us today!!!! We love this time of year. #embarrassmentofstitches @americancrafts @needleworksociety #stitchersgonnastitch #embroideryhoopart #xstitchersofinstagram #embroiderylife #embroiderypage #embroideryaddict #needlepoint #modernneedlepoint #contemporaryembroidery #broderie #lace #crossstitch #goldworkembroidery #blackworkembroidery #hoopembroideryart #stumpwork #needlepunching #needlepointersofinstagram @ Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

Welcome to the 2020 Woodlawn Needlework Show Book Group! This March, join us via social media and in person as we read A...
01/30/2020

Welcome to the 2020 Woodlawn Needlework Show Book Group! This March, join us via social media and in person as we read A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier. We will be hosting this book club virtually, so you will see posts all March highlighting aspects of the book - but we wanted to give you plenty of time to get your copy before March! AND on March 28, we will be hosting a book talk and presentation themed around this novel! Our talk presenter and book discussion moderator will be National Cathedral embroidery finishing expert, Nancy Lukoskie of Fancywork Finishing. Tickets for this event at the link in our bio! We think the combination is going to prove for a lively and spirited discussion, a wonderful last event at our Show, and we look forward to having you join us! ⁠⠀
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A little summary: After WWI, Violet moves to the city of Winchester. Soon, alone in a new city, Violet encounters the Winchester Cathedral Broderers, a group of women volunteers who make the gorgeously embroidered kneeling cushions for the Cathedral. Soon, as she perfects the stitches necessary to create the sturdy kneelers, she also develops the skills to mend the broken pieces of her life. ⁠⠀

We ❤️ seeing all your posts about sending in needlework show submissions, like this stunning work by @mrs.threadhead - a...
01/10/2020

We ❤️ seeing all your posts about sending in needlework show submissions, like this stunning work by @mrs.threadhead - and more exciting pieces are arriving every day!! Don’t miss out on your chance to submit - mail in your piece before Feb 1st! Detail at the link in our bio! #repost • @mrs.threadhead “I just sent off my “Esqueleto” work to participate in the @woodlawnandpopeleighey Embroidery Show & Sale in Alexandria, Virginia! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to fly over in March and visit the exhibit in person! 🙌🤩”

It might be cold and dreary outside, but we are dreaming of spring on this #weddingwednesday! Want to join us? There are...
01/08/2020

It might be cold and dreary outside, but we are dreaming of spring on this #weddingwednesday! Want to join us? There are still a few wedding dates left in Spring and Fall 2020 - and we are holding wedding tours all winter long with our catering partner @designcuisine! Visit our website today to learn all about what we can offer you for your wedding day! Photo by @graykammera
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#weddingflowers #gardenweddings #tentedweddings #historichouseweddings #weddingday #virginiawedding ⁠⠀

Walking into the new year with a whole lot of ❤️❤️❤️- 📸 by @lisablumephoto⁠⠀...⁠⠀#weddingwednseday #willyouwoodlawn #wed...
01/02/2020

Walking into the new year with a whole lot of ❤️❤️❤️- 📸 by @lisablumephoto⁠⠀
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#weddingwednseday #willyouwoodlawn #weddings #vawedding #dcwedding #historicvenue #historichouse #trustsites #savingplaces #weddingvenue #visitalexandria #weddingphotography #weddinginspiration #weddingdetails

Here's to hoping you get a kiss as good as this one tonight at midnight! #newyearseve #newyearseve2019 #welcome2020 Phot...
12/31/2019

Here's to hoping you get a kiss as good as this one tonight at midnight! #newyearseve #newyearseve2019 #welcome2020 Photo by @sincereli⁠⠀
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LAST DAY OF THE DECADE! WILL YOU MAKE IT COUNT FOR ALL OF US? 💥 - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-wo...
12/31/2019
LAST DAY OF THE DECADE! WILL YOU MAKE IT COUNT FOR ALL OF US? 💥

LAST DAY OF THE DECADE! WILL YOU MAKE IT COUNT FOR ALL OF US? 💥 - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-leighey-house-1249365

As we approach a new decade full of promise, I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that Woodlawn Mansion and our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House are two of the most iconic examples of American architecture, each holding years of transformative stories, that still need to be...

PLEASE CHOOSE TO INVEST IN OUR HISTORY- YOUR HISTORY! -THIS NEW YEAR - https://mailchi.mp/15d4c27cad72/happy-holidays-fr...
12/30/2019
PLEASE CHOOSE TO INVEST IN OUR HISTORY- YOUR HISTORY! -THIS NEW YEAR

PLEASE CHOOSE TO INVEST IN OUR HISTORY- YOUR HISTORY! -THIS NEW YEAR - https://mailchi.mp/15d4c27cad72/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-leighey-house-1249349

As we approach a new decade, I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that Woodlawn Mansion and our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House are two of the most iconic examples of American architecture, each with years of stories that still need to be told.  These are YOUR histories...

What a year we have had here at Woodlawn - check out our #top9, featuring some great shots of both our houses, some stun...
12/28/2019

What a year we have had here at Woodlawn - check out our #top9, featuring some great shots of both our houses, some stunning needlework pieces, and one very mischievous fox! Our future depends on our site visitors, event guests, partners, grant-makers and a growing community of dedicated supporters just like you! With your important donation today through this December 31st, we can continue to offer fun and educational programs, continue to preserve and protect our historic collections, buildings and landscape, and continue to tell the stories that link all of us to our place in the present. ⁠⠀
We accomplished so much in 2019 and you were an important part of that success - let's make 2020 just as great! ⁠Visit our website now to make your donation!

Looking Forward To A New Year With YOUR Support! - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-lei...
12/27/2019
Looking Forward To A New Year With YOUR Support!

Looking Forward To A New Year With YOUR Support! - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-leighey-house-1249345

Looking forwards to 2020. I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that Woodlawn Mansion and our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House are two of the most iconic examples of American architecture, each with a story that still in the present day needs to be told.  These are your histo...

If you're looking for a venue to celebrate with the whole family - Woodlawn is the place for you! With an on site tent t...
12/26/2019

If you're looking for a venue to celebrate with the whole family - Woodlawn is the place for you! With an on site tent that seats up to 300, and spacious grounds for group photos like this one here by @bethanygracephoto, no one has to be left out of your special day! There are still a few dates left in Fall 2020 - and we are holding wedding tours all winter long with our catering partner @designcuisine! Visit our website today to learn all about what we can offer you for your wedding day! ⁠⠀
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#willyouwoodlawn #weddings #vawedding #dcwedding #historicvenue #historichouse #trustsites #savingplaces #weddingvenue #visitalexandria #weddingphotography #weddinginspiration #weddingdetails

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - even here at Woodlawn! We were lucky enough to receive a visit from Santa ...
12/24/2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - even here at Woodlawn! We were lucky enough to receive a visit from Santa and Mrs.Claus at the @cosplaydc event last week - here's hoping they make it to your house tonight, too!

Two historic houses, one amazing site - and our future depends on our site visitors, event guests, partners, grant-maker...
12/23/2019

Two historic houses, one amazing site - and our future depends on our site visitors, event guests, partners, grant-makers and a growing community of dedicated supporters just like you! With your important donation today through this December 31st, we can continue to offer fun and educational programs, continue to preserve and protect our historic collections, buildings and landscape, and continue to tell the stories that link all of us to our place in the present. ⁠⠀
We accomplished so much in 2019 and you were an important part of that success - let's make 2020 just as great! ⁠⠀
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#historichouse #historicsite #virginiaisforlovers #historicpreservation #museum #franklloydwrightsites #franklloydwright #wrightsites #VAarchitecture #reimaginingsites #museumlove #architecture #woodlawnpopeleighey #thisplacematters #trustsites #historichouse #museumed #smallmuseums #tellingthefullstory #communitymuseums #americanhistory #reimaginingsites #historicpreservation ⁠⠀

Almost time to light the menorah - happy first night of Hanukkah! Pictured is our festive #hanukkah tablescape from last...
12/22/2019

Almost time to light the menorah - happy first night of Hanukkah! Pictured is our festive #hanukkah tablescape from last's year holiday room at our annual Needlework Show & Sale - we hope that your holiday inspired needlework (or needlework inspired by anything else!) can be featured in the show this coming March - so remember that submissions to the show are open now!! click the link in our bio for information on submitting! ⁠⠀

Feeling #frozen outside today? We are feeling it inside the house as well! We were graced with a visit from the wonderfu...
12/21/2019

Feeling #frozen outside today? We are feeling it inside the house as well! We were graced with a visit from the wonderful costumers and photographers at @cosplaydc last weekend, and we are so excited to share the images with you in the coming weeks! Ana and Elsa took some photos on the historic staircase at Woodlawn - it might not be the castle in Arendelle, but we think it makes a nice shot! ⁠⠀
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While you are decking the halls this week with great needlework ornaments, like these from @vintagerefashioned - don’t f...
12/19/2019

While you are decking the halls this week with great needlework ornaments, like these from @vintagerefashioned - don’t forget that submissions to the Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale are OPEN! Why not check sending in your submission to next year’s show off your to-do list before the new year! Click the link in our bio for all submission details! #repost from @vintagerefashioned #needlework #embroidery #modernembroidery #embroiderersofinstagram #needlepointersofinstagram

12/18/2019
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Check out this great feature on the Pope-Leighey House, featuring our amazing Frank Lloyd Wright expert Peter Christensen! We love all the little details of the house that are shown in this clip!

How OCD is the architect building your home? Frank Lloyd Wright introduced Usonian homes with a keen eye for horizontal lines.

Thank you for the great reminder, Needlework Emporium! Submissions for the show are OPEN NOW, so send in your piece toda...
12/18/2019
Needlework Emporium

Thank you for the great reminder, Needlework Emporium! Submissions for the show are OPEN NOW, so send in your piece today - full details for submission can be found on our website!

Calling all our Needlework Emporium friends! The call for submissions has begun for the 2020 Needlework Show and Sale at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House. This is a fabulous show that takes place during the month of March in Alexandria, VA. Follow the link for more details!

We really do need your support at the end of the year.  Please consider us in your yearly donation plan. - https://mailc...
12/17/2019
We really do need your support at the end of the year. Please consider us in your yearly donation plan.

We really do need your support at the end of the year. Please consider us in your yearly donation plan. - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-leighey-house-1249329

It's that busy, crazy time of year, but i just wanted to take a moment to remind you that Woodlawn Mansion and our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House are two of the most iconic examples of American architecture, each with a story that needs to be told.  These are your histories as wel...

LAST CALL for our half weekend end of the season to see these gems! If you have time to squeeze in a visit in between yo...
12/12/2019

LAST CALL for our half weekend end of the season to see these gems! If you have time to squeeze in a visit in between your holiday shopping, we are open for an in-depth Pope-Leighey tour on Saturday morning at 9 AM, and regular tours of Woodlawn and/or Pope-Leighey Friday (11-4) and Saturday ( 11-4) then it’s goodbye until Spring! And there’s a gift shop.. wedding venue tours continue all winter.
#museumshop #smallmuseum #usonian #franklloydwright #architectureporn #mansionmuseum #wrighthouse #architects #visitALXva #visitfairfax #hhmcdc #historichouse #historichousemuseum @savingplaces #flwsites #trustsites #bestvenue #weddingvenues #historicweddingvenue @ Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

One of the best things about winter at Woodlawn is the delivery of fall wedding season photographs - so many gems like t...
12/11/2019

One of the best things about winter at Woodlawn is the delivery of fall wedding season photographs - so many gems like this shot! Today for #weddingwednesday a glimpse inside the tent captured beautifully by @sarahschmidtphoto - we had so much fun hosting this wedding with planning by @bircheventdc and great vendors @wildpollen @justhitchedfilms @belasonomusic @fleettransportation - great teams make great events! ...⁠⠀
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Our Story Is Your Story.  Why we hope you will consider Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for your Year-End Giving. - https:...
12/10/2019
Our Story Is Your Story. Why we hope you will consider Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for your Year-End Giving.

Our Story Is Your Story. Why we hope you will consider Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for your Year-End Giving. - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-leighey-house-1249317

It's that busy, crazy time of year, but i just wanted to take a moment to remind you that Woodlawn Mansion and our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House are two of the most iconic examples of American architecture, and perfect examples of one grand and one affordable home of their era, eac...

Our Story Is Your Story.  Why we hope you will consider Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for your Year-End Giving. - https:...
12/10/2019
Our Story Is Your Story. Why we hope you will consider Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for your Year-End Giving.

Our Story Is Your Story. Why we hope you will consider Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for your Year-End Giving. - https://mailchi.mp/savingplaces/happy-holidays-from-woodlawn-pope-leighey-house-1249301

It's that busy, crazy time of year, but i just wanted to take a moment to remind you that Woodlawn Mansion and our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House are two of the most iconic examples of American architecture, and perfect examples of one grand and one affordable home of their era, eac...

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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."