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.

Celebrate world-renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with us on June 9th! Come and visit the only...
05/16/2019

Celebrate world-renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with us on June 9th! Come and visit the only Frank Lloyd Wright House open to visitors in the D.C. region - the small but magnificent Pope-Leighey House. Join us for a Sunday afternoon of al fresco fun on the lawn of Pope-Leighey while you enjoy a local jazz group and take open house tours of this hidden architectural gem. Sip a drink, snap some photos of the house, and enjoy a picnic in mid-century modern style! And make sure you've got the Wright stuff to win our themed trivia game.

This event is BYOP – bring your own picnic! But save some room for the tasty birthday desserts included in the price of your ticket, and beverages on offer from local vendors. No outside alcohol will be permitted on site.

Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright in style with us – get your tickets now!

This event is rain or shine - rain location will be in our stunning Woodlawn event tent.

TICKETS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/182888902628923/

What a shot! All you need is a break in the rain for the love to shine through. Photo by @rmnaftphotography #justmarried...
05/15/2019

What a shot! All you need is a break in the rain for the love to shine through. Photo by @rmnaftphotography #justmarried #mrandmrs #weddings #couplesportraits #coupleshoot #vawedding #vaweddingphotographer #love #lovetoshare #loveisintheair #love #happytogether #happilyeverafter #washingtondcweddingphotographer #novaweddingphotographer #weddingwednesday

LOVE is what we feel every day for our beautiful historic Woodlawn - and today we say it OUT LOUD! As Virginia celebrate...
05/14/2019

LOVE is what we feel every day for our beautiful historic Woodlawn - and today we say it OUT LOUD! As Virginia celebrates 50 years of #virginiaisforlovers, the iconic state slogan, they are bringing the LOVE to sites all over the state - including this weekend’s Woodlawn #wedding! What an amazing way to celebrate our historic site and #sharethelove! @visitvirginia @savingplaces #virginiatourism #thisplacematters #trustsites #historichomes #historicvenue #virginiawedding #historylovers #visitvirginia #visitalexandria #willyouwoodlawn #love #feelthelove #historicpreservation #museumlover

As we look forward to this weekend’s weddings, a quick flashback to an amazing shot! A quiet moment on our historic st...
05/09/2019

As we look forward to this weekend’s weddings, a quick flashback to an amazing shot! A quiet moment on our historic staircase. 📸 by @sandyma.photo “In one kiss, you will know all that I haven’t said.” ❤️ ALWAYS say yes to dream veil shots. Oh, and romantic black and whites, too. #weddingvenue #historicvenue #weddingdetails #dcwedding #vawedding

Happy Tuesday! Are you #workinghard or #hardlyworking? Either way, our Pope-Leighey House typewriter is a great blast fr...
05/07/2019

Happy Tuesday! Are you #workinghard or #hardlyworking? Either way, our Pope-Leighey House typewriter is a great blast from the workday past! Photo by • @kerrentonsnow Frank Lloyd Wright | | Canon EOS RP | 17-35mm f/2.8 L ▫️
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Nothing like the light streaming through the windows on a beautiful spring day! #repost from @kerrentonsnow - Frank Lloy...
05/02/2019

Nothing like the light streaming through the windows on a beautiful spring day! #repost from @kerrentonsnow - Frank Lloyd Wright | Canon EOS RP | 17-35mm f/2.8 L ▫️
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Twilight & Tipple tours are BACK! if you missed out last year, we have a few selected dates this year to experience Fran...
04/29/2019

Twilight & Tipple tours are BACK! if you missed out last year, we have a few selected dates this year to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight! First tour date of the season is on May 21. Our tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, which is included in the price of your ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. Head to our website for tickets! ⁣⠀
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What amazing shots of Pope-Leighey from a talented visitor to the site yesterday - we had to share these #repost shots b...
04/27/2019

What amazing shots of Pope-Leighey from a talented visitor to the site yesterday - we had to share these #repost shots by @cynthiajamesphotography : @woodlawnandpopeleighey Quick stop on the way home before the rain came. Great #franklloydwright 🙌 #historichomes #historichouse #wrightsites #thisplacematters @ Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

Need a fun activity for Mother's Day weekend? Try a #woodlawnworkshop! Join Melissa Kallasides Preston, owner of @paperh...
04/25/2019

Need a fun activity for Mother's Day weekend? Try a #woodlawnworkshop! Join Melissa Kallasides Preston, owner of @paperhoneybee for a workshop on Saturday, May 11 to build your own paper flower rose bouquet! Festive finger sandwiches, petit-fours, and lemonade will be included in your ticket price, so you can enjoy a light meal while you craft! Tickets on sale NOW on our website! Melissa will introduce paper flower construction techniques from start to finish including cutting, shaping and manipulating paper to create your own paper roses that will forever be in bloom.

It would not be a proper #nationalpicnicday without a #throwback post to one of our favorite events here, the 150th Fran...
04/23/2019

It would not be a proper #nationalpicnicday without a #throwback post to one of our favorite events here, the 150th Frank Lloyd Wright Birthday Picnic! Check out this spread, complete with sandwiches in shapes that match the windows of the house!! We had such a great time partying all evening in the Pope-Leighey Garden, and we hope to do it again soon - check back here because summer and fall events are soon to be announced! ⁣⠀
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We love when visitors to the house spot these little details! Every corner of our historic property is full of surprises...
04/18/2019

We love when visitors to the house spot these little details! Every corner of our historic property is full of surprises! #repost Posted @withrepost • @ash.and.gin • a tiny little detail on a mantel from the 1800’s. i’m obsessed. might be my next needlepoint 🤷‍♀️ • #freebird #details #nobulljustthehorns #flowercrown #explorealx #dcfray #dcartist #historichouse #historichomes

This #weddingwednesday we’ve got a stunner from last weekend’s wedding - what a way to kick off our new season here ...
04/17/2019

This #weddingwednesday we’ve got a stunner from last weekend’s wedding - what a way to kick off our new season here at Woodlawn! And check out those beautiful rentals from @designcuisine and @dcreventrentals! #repost @brightlyeverafter All the fresh floral gorgeousness with pops of unexpected color for Teddie & Mike last weekend! It was such a joy to design this lush #flowerwall with my amazing friend @alliebevents. And @audragannon absolutely slayed the bright spring florals which were our inspiration. What a joy to create with such a talented team! #teddieandmike

Beautiful details on the desserts at today’s open house event! We loved showing off our space, and our new catering pa...
04/16/2019

Beautiful details on the desserts at today’s open house event! We loved showing off our space, and our new catering partner @designcuisine to all the wedding professionals who stopped by! Give them a call today to book your event here at Woodlawn! #weddingvenue #weddingdessert #weddingdetails #historicvenue #vawedding #dcwedding #willyouwoodlawn

A beautiful day here at Woodlawn despite the rain! We are delighted to be open for the season -stop by all weekend for a...
04/12/2019

A beautiful day here at Woodlawn despite the rain! We are delighted to be open for the season -stop by all weekend for a visit! Florals by @eighttreestreetfloral #historichouse #historichomes #visitalexandria #historyinthemaking #historylovers #museumlove #trustsites #thisplacematters

We could not be more thrilled to be hosting our first wedding of the season here at Woodlawn with our catering partner @...
04/10/2019

We could not be more thrilled to be hosting our first wedding of the season here at Woodlawn with our catering partner @designcuisine! This is an amazing shot from a wedding last year planned by @alliebevents, who we are also delighted to be hosting again this weekend! Want to have your own dream wedding here with us at Woodlawn? We are booking now for selected dates in 2019 and 2020, so give us a call today to book your site tour and see what Woodlawn has to offer! 📸 by @annamarie_akins - #weddingwednesday #weddingvenue #weddingphotography #vawedding #dcwedding #virginiaisforlovers #visitalexva @theknot @weddingwire #historicvenue #weddingdetails #virginiawedding #weddingphotography #weddingplanner

These are just a few of the names we know of the enslaved people who lived here at Woodlawn. Want to learn more? Join us...
04/08/2019

These are just a few of the names we know of the enslaved people who lived here at Woodlawn. Want to learn more? Join us at at Woodlawn on April 10, 2:00 PM, for a talk with Carla Killough McClafferty, author of "Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon". Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP now at the link in our bio. This talk will discuss the long reaching effects of the inheritance laws and how those laws affected every enslaved person who lived at Mount Vernon. Learn more about about some of the individuals that were inherited by Nelly Custis and spent the rest of their lives enslaved at Woodlawn. ⁣Art from our Makers in the Mansion instillation by @hadiyawilliams⁣⠀
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Want to learn more about the whole story of those living at Mount Vernon and Woodlawn, not just those who are depicted i...
04/06/2019

Want to learn more about the whole story of those living at Mount Vernon and Woodlawn, not just those who are depicted in paintings? Join us at at Woodlawn on April 10, 2:00 PM, for a talk with Carla Killough McClafferty, author of "Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon". Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP now at the link in our bio. Come learn more about the extended family of Nelly Custis, and her time living at Mount Vernon. This talk will discuss the long reaching effects of the inheritance laws and how those laws affected every enslaved person who lived at Mount Vernon. Learn more about about some of the individuals that were inherited by Nelly, and spent the rest of their lives enslaved at Woodlawn. ⁣⠀
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Details reveal. When staff are preparing a historic house for its season debut on April 12, beautiful details like this ...
04/04/2019

Details reveal. When staff are preparing a historic house for its season debut on April 12, beautiful details like this truly tiny ( I - inch diameter) painted enamel fireplace hook are suddenly revealed and new again. #preservation #oftenoverlooked #historichouse #museumstaff #uncoveringthedetails #trustsites #2019season #collections #detailsreveal #historyinthedetails #housemuseums #trueantique #willyouWoodlawn?

The #woodlawnwedding tent is going up as we speak - we can’t wait for a whole new season of beautiful weddings beneath...
04/03/2019

The #woodlawnwedding tent is going up as we speak - we can’t wait for a whole new season of beautiful weddings beneath it! 📸#repost • @nikkischell Garden wedding inspiration!
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It’s the last day of the show - don’t miss your chance to see all of this year’s work! We are also happy to announ...
03/31/2019

It’s the last day of the show - don’t miss your chance to see all of this year’s work! We are also happy to announce, on this last day of the show, this year’s People’s Choice Award, this amazing chair by Joan Mashburn - come see it TODAY - open till 4pm!
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Last chance! This year’s stunning Needlework Show & Sale closes after this weekend - so make sure you don’t miss out...
03/30/2019

Last chance! This year’s stunning Needlework Show & Sale closes after this weekend - so make sure you don’t miss out!! We are open 10am to 4pm today and Sunday before we close for the year - hope to see you there!
#needlework #embroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #dcevents #vaevents #contemporaryembroidery #makersgonnamake #shoplocal #shopsmall #acreativedc

Congrats to Dani Ives @begoodnatured on the publication of her new book. Given how popular her workshops have been at @w...
03/29/2019

Congrats to Dani Ives @begoodnatured on the publication of her new book. Given how popular her workshops have been at @woodlawnandpopeleighey, we think it’s going to be a huge success and a great learning tool for anyone interested in needle felting. Way to go Dani! #makersgonnamake #craft #woolcraft #workshop #needlefelting #needleandthread #maker

Last summer, as part of our #makersinthemansion project @nicolemcrowder re-upholstered a traditional sofa into this vibr...
03/29/2019

Last summer, as part of our #makersinthemansion project @nicolemcrowder re-upholstered a traditional sofa into this vibrant, inspired piece. For this year’s Needlework Show, it became the colorful backdrop for some great pillows, including the perfect match: “queen” by @emjpeacock, which was submitted to the Show from the UK! #notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint #makersgonnamake #upholsteryfabric #needlepointpillow #showcasingtalent #needleworkshow2019 #changingperspectives #trustsites

Want to try out a whole new way to express your love for embroidery and impress your friends and family at the same time...
03/25/2019

Want to try out a whole new way to express your love for embroidery and impress your friends and family at the same time? Why not try our workshop and learn how to "embroider" a small cake with icing in a colorful Mexican-style! Hurry! Join instructor Mayra Garcia from @celebrate.me on Sunday, March 31st to learn how to design buttercream like a pro - get your tickets now at the link in our bio!⁣⠀
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A beautiful sunny day at Woodlawn! Posted @withrepost • @anatriosolutions Does anyone else dream of walking down a bea...
03/24/2019

A beautiful sunny day at Woodlawn! Posted @withrepost • @anatriosolutions Does anyone else dream of walking down a beautiful staircase in their wedding dress as their reveal moment? We had that dream rekindled today @woodlawnandpopeleighey. What is your dream reveal moment?

We love to see the work from this year’s show in progress - check out the framed version of this piece, and more, by l...
03/23/2019

We love to see the work from this year’s show in progress - check out the framed version of this piece, and more, by local needle artist @ash.and.gin at the show all weekend! Posted @withrepost • @ash.and.gin > >>

Want to try out a whole new way express your love for embroidery and impress your friends and family at the same time? W...
03/22/2019

Want to try out a whole new way express your love for embroidery and impress your friends and family at the same time? Why not try our workshop and learn how to "embroider" a small cake in a colorful Mexican-style! Join instructor Mayra Garcia from @celebrate.me on Sunday, March 31st to learn how to design like a pro - get your tickets now at the link in our bio!⁣⠀
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Feeling blue on this rainy day? Come join us at the needlework show where we are in full bloom! Open today and all weeke...
03/21/2019

Feeling blue on this rainy day? Come join us at the needlework show where we are in full bloom! Open today and all weekend from 10am-4pm. Visit Pope-Leighey while you’re here too! @ Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

03/20/2019

For this #weddingwednesday we have got an EPIC treat! Check out this amazing video of one of last year’s most stunning weddings- we can’t wait for more to come this year with our partners @designcuisine - thanks to @wise_films for the amazing shots of Woodlawn! #woodlawnweddingwednesday #weddingvenue #weddingvideography #vawedding #dcwedding #historicvenue

Want to learn more about the beautiful art of Hardanger embroidery? Hardanger embroidery is a style of cutwork embroider...
03/18/2019

Want to learn more about the beautiful art of Hardanger embroidery? Hardanger embroidery is a style of cutwork embroidery that originates from the Hardangerfjord region of Norway, in Hordaland county. Traditionally, Hardanger involves white embroidery on white fabric, but sometimes other colors like this lovely blue are featured! join Lucy Lyons Willis for this talk on Thursday, March 21, included with the price of Needlework Show Admission! ⁣⠀
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