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.

Congratulations to the winner of our cake decorating competition at tonight's Pope-Leighey House 80th Anniversary Virtua...
07/12/2020

Congratulations to the winner of our cake decorating competition at tonight's Pope-Leighey House 80th Anniversary Virtual Party! They said "We love the vertical Usonian perf-board windows, so we made a cake version of the "dinosaur" windows by creating a stencil & sprinkling powdered sugar on top of a chocolate iced cake." Looks fantastic!

Marjorie Leighey was the second owner of the Pope-Leighey House.  She worked as a school teacher and missionary.  While ...
07/11/2020

Marjorie Leighey was the second owner of the Pope-Leighey House. She worked as a school teacher and missionary. While the house was being moved, she moved to Kyoto, Japan on a teaching missionary. An avid gardener, while living in the house, she would pay neighbor boys $0.25 to collect local wildflowers for her garden. Fun fact: she would tell time by the shadows of the sun on the floor through the clerestory windows!

Only one more day until our Pope-Leighey 80th anniversary virtual cocktail party! If you've been watching our social media, you may have a headstart on the trivia section! Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pope-leighey-house-mid-century-virtual-cocktail-party-tickets-105834554000

When Loren Pope purchased his 1200 sq ft house in 1941, it cost him $7,000.  Adjusted for inflation, that'd be equal to ...
07/09/2020

When Loren Pope purchased his 1200 sq ft house in 1941, it cost him $7,000. Adjusted for inflation, that'd be equal to $127,575 today! A similarly sized house in the area now costs about $750,000. 🤯 His original design was 1800 sq ft, which would have cost him closer to $12,000.

Only a few more days until our Pope-Leighey 80th anniversary virtual cocktail party! If you've been watching our social media, you may have a headstart on the trivia section! Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pope-leighey-house-mid-century-virtual-cocktail-party-tickets-105834554000

The first owners, Loren and Charlotte Pope, lived at 6859 N. Fairfax, East Falls Church, VA while their house was being ...
07/08/2020

The first owners, Loren and Charlotte Pope, lived at 6859 N. Fairfax, East Falls Church, VA while their house was being constructed. Loren Pope worked for the Washington Evening Star newspaper and the paper even provided the mortgage he needed to purchase the house! They moved into the house in March of 1941.

Only a few more days until our Pope-Leighey 80th anniversary virtual cocktail party! If you've been watching our social media, you may have a headstart on the trivia section! Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pope-leighey-house-mid-century-virtual-cocktail-party-tickets-105834554000

Fun fact: this fire grate in Pope-Leighey House was designed by Gordon Chadwick, Wright's apprentice assigned to supervi...
07/07/2020

Fun fact: this fire grate in Pope-Leighey House was designed by Gordon Chadwick, Wright's apprentice assigned to supervise construction. During WWII, Chadwick was assigned to the "Monuments Men", a group of American and British men and women responsible for preserving the artistic and cultural achievements of western civilization from the destruction of war and theft.

Do you have your tickets yet for the Pope-Leighey House 80th anniversary virtual cocktail party? Only a few days left! Get them here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pope-leighey-house-mid-century-virtual-cocktail-party-tickets-105834554000

Open again for a limited run! The 2020 Annual Needlework Show reopens next week: July 15 - August 2. Timed, crowd-contro...
07/06/2020

Open again for a limited run! The 2020 Annual Needlework Show reopens next week: July 15 - August 2. Timed, crowd-controlled, tickets online only (link in bio). We’ve made it as easy as possible to walk through and to see all the beautiful pieces that so many stitchers have had on our walls and in our cases “waiting” during the stay-at-home orders. Come see the show inside the Mansion, check out our special exhibits by @roxanag and #shenandoahtapestry and grab a take out lunch by our Nellys Needlers while supporting all the needlework artists and our historic site at the same time! We are looking forward to seeing your masked, socially-distant faces very soon!
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07/05/2020

Today's video features an interview Richard did recently that shows a more in depth look at his process and studio!

07/04/2020

We're back with another interview! Today Amanda is sitting down with artist Richard Saja (@richardsaja). They discuss how he got started in his current career (after the dotcom bubble burst!), their shared love of toile, his dream project, and much more.

Tune in tomorrow too when we share another interview with Richard that offers a more in-depth look at his studio and work.

06/14/2020

Because we couldn’t fit it all into one video, here's more of our remarkable "Makers In The Mansion" project! We had so many incredible people involved in this initiative and hope to work with every one of them again. Special thanks to our project narrative creatives @Shannonlawrence and @Jaithephotog, and consultants Ron Chase of #GumSpringsHistoricalSociety , Martha Catlin from the Woodlawn Quaker Meeting, and Michele Simms-Burton. This project was supported by @savingplaces, #AACHAF ,#dorisdukefoundation , and #jpbfoundation. We are so looking forward to new projects and collaborations in season 2020!

06/14/2020

Because we couldn’t fit it all into one video, here's more of our remarkable "Makers In The Mansion" project! We had so many incredible people involved in this initiative and hope to work with every one of them again. Special thanks to our project narrative creatives @Shannonlawrence and @Jaithephotog, and consultants Ron Chase of #GumSpringsHistoricalSociety , Martha Catlin from the Woodlawn Quaker Meeting, and Michele Simms-Burton. This project was supported by @savingplaces, #AACHAF ,#dorisdukefoundation , and #jpbfoundation. We are so looking forward to new projects and collaborations in season 2020!
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06/13/2020

As we get ready to open for our season in July, we cannot help but think back to summer 2018 when Woodlawn asked six extraordinary local African American #makerartists to come into our museum and install some works they created for a special exhibit. These works were inspired by the period in 1848 when Woodlawn Mansion, which served as a plantation seat, became Woodlawn Mansion, the center of a timber farm owned and farmed only by Quakers, freedmen, and immigrants. It was a pivotal moment in history for our property, happening even before the Civil War. This game changing months-long "Makers In The Mansion" exhibit culminated in a community potluck hosted by Michael Twitty (@thecookinggene). Take a look back at the remarkable work created that season. Thank you to the #dorisdukefoundation and the #jpbfoundation for allowing us to be part of the move forward.
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Making can be a form of stress relief, of processing what is going in the world, a form of protest.  We love these piece...
06/09/2020

Making can be a form of stress relief, of processing what is going in the world, a form of protest. We love these pieces by Richard Saja, who was a featured artist at our 2019 Needlework Show.

We missed the announcement because we were closed at the time, but we wanted to share that Antonio McAfee is part of the...
06/08/2020

We missed the announcement because we were closed at the time, but we wanted to share that Antonio McAfee is part of the first cohort at Connect + Collect Gallery in Baltimore, MD. Congrats, Antonio!

Due to current events, we feel this is not the best time to have a celebration, so we have decided to postpone our Pope-...
06/03/2020

Due to current events, we feel this is not the best time to have a celebration, so we have decided to postpone our Pope-Leighey House 80th Anniversary Virtual Cocktail Party.

The new date will be July 12, in celebration of the July 13 birthday of the first owner, Loren Pope. Further updates will be posted on our social media.

We look forward to seeing you then.

#blackouttuesday #respect #listening #communityfirst #dobetter #amplifyingmelanatedvoices #bipoc #supportingeachother #e...
06/02/2020

#blackouttuesday #respect #listening #communityfirst #dobetter #amplifyingmelanatedvoices #bipoc #supportingeachother #equity #africanamericanhistory #saytheirname @rabbithatdesigns

Reposted from @savingplaces During last night’s protests on Lafayette Square, a number of buildings near the White House...
06/01/2020

Reposted from @savingplaces During last night’s protests on Lafayette Square, a number of buildings near the White House were graffitied by protesters. One of those buildings, originally constructed in the early 19th century as a slave quarters, was covered with graffiti, including the statement “Why do we have to keep telling you black lives matter?” This important building is a part of Decatur House, a historic site owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the White House Historical Association as the David M. Rubenstein Center for White House History.

The National Trust’s president, Paul Edmondson, and the White House Historical Association’s president, Stewart McLaurin, issued the following joint statement: “The juxtaposition of history, place, and current events is poignant and powerful, and a new and meaningful chapter of the history of Decatur House was written last night. “The preservation and interpretation of buildings like this play a critical role in acknowledging and healing the divisions in our nation. This place, where people were held in bondage within view of the White House, has particular meaning in this time. “The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Historical Association honor this by telling the full story of our history, by elevating and preserving the enormous and important contributions African Americans have made to our nation, and by carrying that powerful legacy forward. “Our mutual commitment is reflected in the work of both organizations, including the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, created by the National Trust in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville in August of 2017, and the Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood project of the White House Historical Association.” 📷: @whitehousehistory #trustsites #tellthefullstory - #regrann

05/31/2020

Join us today for this studio tour with Hillary (@hillary.waters)! Yesterday she discussed her process and today is more of an in-depth look at her unfinished pieces and materials that inspire her. Thank you, Hillary, for sharing your space with us!

05/30/2020

This Saturday, local(ish) Maker Hillary Waters Fayle (@hillary.waters) has a conversation with Amanda about her life-long love of art, how nature inspires and informa her work, what she's been up to since her residency at Woodlawn, and more!

All our makers can be found online: www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/makerscreators

05/29/2020

Happy Friday! This warmer weather has us longing for the beach, so @emily_schimmel is mixing up a classic daiquiri for us while we continue to quarantine.
Recipe:
2 oz light rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
Combine ingredients in tall glass over ice, stir 30-50 times to chill

Just like Element Shrub last week, today's Maker is a perfect beverage for this hot weather!  Switchel dates back to the...
05/29/2020

Just like Element Shrub last week, today's Maker is a perfect beverage for this hot weather! Switchel dates back to the Colonial age, so Nelly could have enjoyed this drink. A local woman owned business, Vitick's Switchel is a blend of honey, sorghum/maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and ginger. Switchel is also considered a great alternative for hydrating and replenishes your energy. We love that we offer this product in our gift shop and typically you can also find Vitick's in local farmers markets.

We love working with Makers and Creators across the state (and country)!  Kate Koconis-Henkels of Little Black Sheep Stu...
05/27/2020

We love working with Makers and Creators across the state (and country)! Kate Koconis-Henkels of Little Black Sheep Studio (@kkoconis) creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces from her studio outside Richmond, VA. She is predominantly a weaver, but enjoys exploring all of the fiber arts. We love what she says about her work and wholeheartedly agree.
"Hand making is so important to me, since the process is where a lot my personal joy comes from. My work is made with extreme care and passion, and my hope is that those feelings are carried along with the textile, wherever it may end up. There is a special feeling that comes with an object you know someone took the time and energy to make by hand. It is a process that is harder, more time consuming, and chances are it will be more expensive than a mass produced item. I think it is more than worth it. You will end up with something that has a memory and a feeling attached to it. It’s not a disposable item that you’ll donate or get rid of in a season or two. These are items made with the utmost of care, that will last a lifetime. Each item in my shop is a little piece of me, and I hope to share with you the joy I get out of making them."

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House's cover photo
05/26/2020

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House's cover photo

Not many organizations receive permission from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to reproduce his designs, but today's m...
05/26/2020

Not many organizations receive permission from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to reproduce his designs, but today's maker, KAF Home, can! They have been creating fun and functional home textiles since 1986. In addition to the pieces shown here, they create tablecloths, runner, produce bags - anything you might need for your kitchen and home. We're proud to sell their Frank Lloyd Wright products in our gift shop!

05/24/2020

Happy Sunday! Today our weekend creator, Jennifer Clements (@clenjements) reads the pieces she wrote during her 2016 residency in the @theinnerlooplit Writers in Residence! So grab some tea and relax!

A link to her website can be found at www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/makerscreators

05/23/2020

Join us for our fourth weekend feature! We hope everyone is enjoying watching these as much as we've loved organizing them. Today's interview is with Jennifer Clements (@clenjements), an author/poet/playwright who was part of our first @theinnerlooplit Writers in Residence cohort. She and Amanda discuss how lockdown has changed her process, how her poems influenced our Needlework Show, and much more! Plus Jennifer will read a short excerpt from a series she'll read in full for us tomorrow.

All our makers can be found online: www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/makerscreators

We've forgotten to say this previous weeks, but thank you to @emily_schimmel for organizing this initiative and editing these videos!

Mark Those Calendars. We wanted to give all you creative people and midcentury fans the heads up:  We are going to take ...
05/23/2020

Mark Those Calendars. We wanted to give all you creative people and midcentury fans the heads up: We are going to take our annual Frank Lloyd Wright Birthday celebration & fundraiser live online! It’s Pope-Leighey House’s 80th Birthday too this year. The usual fun will be had: mid-century costume contest, FLW-inspired cake decorating competition, very special house trivia and more..Tix and lots more deets coming NEXT WEEK. For local fans and non-local fans alike, this is the chance to be a part of the fun! .
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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."