Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens This National Trust Historic Site features a stately 1804 mansion, beautiful rolling farmland, and a 4.5 acre terraced garden. Please purchase tickets in Carriage House for guided Mansion Tour ($15 for adults) or for the Self-Guided Grounds Pass ($10)
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We’d like to introduce Louise Corcoran Eustis—daughter of William Wilson Corcoran, and mother of our William Eustis—to t...
06/01/2020

We’d like to introduce Louise Corcoran Eustis—daughter of William Wilson Corcoran, and mother of our William Eustis—to this week’s #CuratorBattle by yorkshiremuseumandgardens This detailed portrait was completed on a European honeymoon. Louise’s bling is a simple gold ring on her right hand that is linked by a delicate chain to her elaborate handkerchief. What a neat way to add function to accessorizing!
#CuratorBattle #BestBling #HistoricHomes #HistoricFamilies #LoudounMuseums

How great of Dance King Studios to bring so much joy to our property this weekend. Check our Events section for more soc...
06/01/2020

How great of Dance King Studios to bring so much joy to our property this weekend. Check our Events section for more social distancing fun! #DateNight #LovingLoudoun

#dancingunderthestars at #oatlands led by #dancekingstudios Leading off for cutest couple! @ Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Saturday was a swinging success at the first Sweetheart Sunset Dance, by Dance King Studios, in the gardens at Oatlands!...
06/01/2020

Saturday was a swinging success at the first Sweetheart Sunset Dance, by Dance King Studios, in the gardens at Oatlands! If you missed out on this date night experience, sign up for June 27th event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/243861210208319/

Ready to start your wedding journey at Oatlands? The historic mansion and beautifully terraced formal gardens offer the ...
05/29/2020

Ready to start your wedding journey at Oatlands? The historic mansion and beautifully terraced formal gardens offer the perfect venue for your wedding. Visit us today and see for yourself! See our website for details: https://oatlands.org/weddings-at-oatlands/

Friday muse✨ @ Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Grace Carter Beach was born at Oatlands in 1897. She was only a year old when her family sold Oatlands. In WWI, Grace be...
05/29/2020

Grace Carter Beach was born at Oatlands in 1897. She was only a year old when her family sold Oatlands. In WWI, Grace became a yeomen. Yeomen were female Navy volunteers who could work in various administrative roles like radio operators, stenographers, nurses, messengers, chauffeurs, etc. This freed up able bodied men to board Naval ships for war. Prior to WWI women were not permitted to officially serve in the military.
#MemorialDayWeek #Navy #Yeomen #MilitaryWomen

What drove Morton Eustis to strive for combat? Read our latest Oatlands Originals blog to find out how Morton ended up s...
05/29/2020
Morton Eustis in World War II | Oatlands

What drove Morton Eustis to strive for combat? Read our latest Oatlands Originals blog to find out how Morton ended up serving under General Patton’s “Hell on Wheels” Armored Division. https://oatlands.org/morton-eustis-in-world-war-ii/
#MemorialDayWeek #HistoricHomes #HellonWheels

Now, more than ever, we rely on the care and compassion of medical professionals and essential workers. Citizens are banding together (separately!) to support these individuals by sewing masks, donating blood, and sending donations. It puts us in mind of our Margaret…

It's wonderful to see the gardens blooming after a rainy morning. We're excited to share the sites with you when we reop...
05/29/2020

It's wonderful to see the gardens blooming after a rainy morning. We're excited to share the sites with you when we reopen on June 10th. Mark your calendars!
#LoveLoudoun #VisitLoudoun #HistoricGardens #NatureLovers

Morton was awarded the Silver Star for “gallantry in action” and “coolness and courage under fire” during the Italian ca...
05/27/2020

Morton was awarded the Silver Star for “gallantry in action” and “coolness and courage under fire” during the Italian campaign in 1943. What did he do to earn the Star? Tune in Thursday for a special Memorial Day Oatlands Originals blog
post!
#SilverStar #MemorialDayWeek #Army #WWII

05/26/2020
Roaming with Regan, Episode 4

As time marches on, it’s wonderful to have resources that connect us to those who came before. The preservation of historic homes and properties, and the archiving of personal
diaries and letters open a window into a person’s personality and ultimately the history of a community. How grand it is read of a summer boarder’s experience from 1888 and share just about her same view today! This week Regan takes us up to the portico. Watch
this video and visit our website to see how you can connect, volunteer and contribute to our mission: https://oatlands.org/connect/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZvuIjMnWcg&t=10s

This week, Regan takes us up on the portico to appreciate the same country views enjoyed by those who came before. Through primary resources, like diaries, W...

As we remember our fallen soldiers, join Oatlands in honoring Morton Corcoran Eustis. This portrait of Morton was commis...
05/26/2020

As we remember our fallen soldiers, join Oatlands in honoring Morton Corcoran Eustis. This portrait of Morton was commissioned by Thomas E. Stephens from a photograph, after Morton's death in WWII. It shows the insignia of George Patton’s 2nd Armored Division, “Hell on Wheels.”

Stephens also painted the portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower that hangs in the Smithsonian Institution's Hall of Presidents.

05/25/2020
Tommy Hitchcock - A passion for planes, as well as polo

The connections of the Eustis family continue to surprise us! William Eustis’ nephew was a war hero of the highest caliber. When he went missing in March of 1918, William’s wife Edith wrote him, “…a cable had come from you about little Tommy...It is desperately sad! And how can one tell his condition when he fell into German hands. Whether he was wounded or not.” In this letter, she is referring to Tommy Hitchcock, Jr.

Hitchcock was 18-years-old during WWI (the youngest American to fly combat) when his plane was shot down, and he was captured by Germans. He jumped out of the transport train that was headed toward a POW camp, and walked 100-miles through eight days to neutral Switzerland and freedom. Following the war, Hitchcock returned to serve in WWII, and had an impressive Olympic polo career. He was inducted in the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame
#Polo #MemorialDay #WWI #WWII #AmericanHero #HistoricHome #Preservation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz8MzbUjyhQ

These two illustrations are by Kenneth Riley and were published in the book, “The War Letters of Morton Eustis,” by Edit...
05/24/2020

These two illustrations are by Kenneth Riley and were published in the book, “The War Letters of Morton Eustis,” by Edith Eustis. “You can’t imagine what a real pleasure it was to get a stack of something like 22 letters all in one batch- the first we got in over a month.” [August 30, 1943]. These were the words of the late Morton Eustis in a letter to his mother, Edith Eustis, while he served in World War II.

LARCH TREE UPDATE: On Thursday, the formal gardens at Oatlands changed forever with the loss of the European Larch. Thou...
05/23/2020

LARCH TREE UPDATE: On Thursday, the formal gardens at Oatlands changed forever with the loss of the European Larch. Though a difficult decision, it was the right one; the base of the trunk was rotten and hollow. Thankfully, we were able to save more than enough lumber to give him a new life. Look out for our online gift shop coming soon!

Can you guess what these are?... There are two of these objects that sit on either end of the sideboard in the dining ro...
05/22/2020

Can you guess what these are?... There are two of these objects that sit on either end of the sideboard in the dining room. These cylindrical boxes are knife boxes that could be used to display silver cutlery. The cylindrical form, multiple reeds and pointed Gothic profile around the bodies are attributed to Baltimore cabinet maker John Needles.
#HistoricHome #AntiqueFurniture #JohnNeedles #Preservation

Would you ever believe that in a space that once housed horses, we now hold wedding receptions and other events? The 190...
05/21/2020

Would you ever believe that in a space that once housed horses, we now hold wedding receptions and other events? The 1903 Carriage House has maintained numerous original features including this feed chute. Each chute corresponds to its own hopper above, saving space and making work easier below!

It’s #WhatIsItWednesday! Take a moment and try to guess what this is… We’ll give you a hint: It may be one of your favor...
05/20/2020

It’s #WhatIsItWednesday! Take a moment and try to guess what this is… We’ll give you a hint: It may be one of your favorite home features—your light source! Prior to electricity, the Eustis family had gas lighting installed throughout the home.

Does this piece look familiar? Where else have you seen a similar styled sculpture? Our William Eustis--grandson of Will...
05/19/2020

Does this piece look familiar? Where else have you seen a similar styled sculpture? Our William Eustis--grandson of William Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, was the proud owner of the pictured Lion & Serpent, by the famous Parisian animalier Antoine-Louis Barye.
#antiquesculpture #AntoineLouisBarye #CorcoranGalleryofArt #preservation #NationalTrust

Can you get more magical than a lock of #GeorgeWashington’s hair? The #CuratorBattle continues with the yorkshiremuseuma...
05/18/2020

Can you get more magical than a lock of #GeorgeWashington’s hair? The #CuratorBattle continues with the yorkshiremuseumandgardens latest challenge of #MostMagical object in the collection. #Patriotism #EdithLivingston #MortonEustis

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
05/16/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Today is Armed Forces Day, and as May is National Military Appreciation Month, we take this time to recognize all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and to recognize the over 120 members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office who served their country, and now serve their community.

#Forevergrateful #ArmedForcesDay

This European Larch has graced the upper terrace of the Oatlands garden for over 200 years! Last year, his pink pine con...
05/16/2020

This European Larch has graced the upper terrace of the Oatlands garden for over 200 years! Last year, his pink pine cones failed to appear. So, it's with a heavy heart that we will soon say goodbye to our beloved tree. We hope to make keepsakes from some of the lumber. What do you think we should make? Comment below! #NationalTreeDay #LoudounMuseums #HistoricHomes

An avid writer, Elizabeth Carter left us a wealth of information through her diary, which depicts daily life at Oatlands...
05/15/2020

An avid writer, Elizabeth Carter left us a wealth of information through her diary, which depicts daily life at Oatlands while it was a plantation. #OnThisDay in 1864 she wrote...
#preservation #loudounhistory #vamuseums #ColonialAmerica

Wide open fields is just one of the perks of visiting Loudoun.#VisitLoudoun #stawberrypicking #loudounmuseums #SocialDis...
05/15/2020

Wide open fields is just one of the perks of visiting Loudoun.
#VisitLoudoun #stawberrypicking #loudounmuseums #SocialDistancing

Strawberry season is here! 🍓 So thankful Wegmeyer Farms has made it possible and safe to pick berries this year through a reservation system. Time slots are released in the evening for the following day. $24 to reserve (per car of family) which is for your first bucket of berrries and you can pay for additional buckets at the farm.
Reservations can be made here: https://wegmeyerfarms-at-yahoo-dot-com.square.site/product/may-15th-oatlands-strawberry-u-pick-reservation/183?cs=true

#FlashBackFriday Meet Rusty the trusty garden watchdog! He was entered into the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) To...
05/15/2020

#FlashBackFriday Meet Rusty the trusty garden watchdog! He was entered into the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Top 10 Most Endangered Artifact competition in 2014. #museumweek #vamuseums #preservationmonth

Are you a fox or a hound? This is the question scribbled on a letter to Margaret from her brother Morton in 1918. Not lo...
05/13/2020

Are you a fox or a hound? This is the question scribbled on a letter to Margaret from her brother Morton in 1918. Not long after little sister Babs (pictured; back left) followed her sister’s footsteps attending Foxcroft School and playing on the basketball team…but what does it mean to be a fox or a hound? #whatisitwednesday?

You can learn more about the families who lived at Oatlands by reading Oatlands Originals: https://oatlands.org/oatlands-originals/

It’s #NationalLimerickDay! Popularized by Edward Lear’s book, “Book of Nonsense,” in 1846. A limerick is a funny short r...
05/12/2020

It’s #NationalLimerickDay! Popularized by Edward Lear’s book, “Book of Nonsense,” in 1846. A limerick is a funny short rhyme of comedic nonsense. This humorous illustration was found in the Oatlands mansion, earmarked “Isn’t this a familiar figure?”

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
05/12/2020

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens's cover photo
05/12/2020

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens's cover photo

Tired of being stuck at home? Love the smell of fresh cut grass? Volunteer at Oatlands! We are currently seeking someone...
05/11/2020

Tired of being stuck at home? Love the smell of fresh cut grass? Volunteer at Oatlands! We are currently seeking someone with experience using a Befco, zero turn, or ride-on mower. Interested? Contact [email protected] today!

#Loudoun is no stranger to #wine #liquor and good #spirits. We present our antique #Kayserzinn German pewter as part of ...
05/11/2020

#Loudoun is no stranger to #wine #liquor and good #spirits. We present our antique #Kayserzinn German pewter as part of #CuratorBattle. This antique forest themed punch bowl is in the #ArtNouveau style. Each side depicts the Western Capercaillie aka #BestBird, and features Bacchus, the god of wine, on each handle. The oak leaves, acorns and shaggy boar are just a bonus for this round. Thanks for the latest challenge yorkshiremuseumandgardens!

Anna Livingston Morton is affectionately depicted with her three children, Edith, Helen, and Lena. Her husband, Levi Par...
05/10/2020

Anna Livingston Morton is affectionately depicted with her three children, Edith, Helen, and Lena. Her husband, Levi Parsons Morton, served as Vice President under Benjamin Harrison, making her the Second Lady of the United States. You can see this portrait in Edith’s bedroom when you tour the Oatlands mansion. Another portrait of her can be found in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

SAVE THE DATE!
05/09/2020

SAVE THE DATE!

Installed by the original resident of Oatlands mansion, George Carter, this Greek Revival acanthus ceiling medallion wel...
05/08/2020

Installed by the original resident of Oatlands mansion, George Carter, this Greek Revival acanthus ceiling medallion welcomes visitors with an air of sophistication to the Federal style Entrance Hall. See how design styles evolved in the mansion built during the exciting early years of the American Republic.

Plan a visit: https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/
#HistoricalArchitecture #architecture #HistoricalMansion #ColonialAmerica

Now, more than ever, we rely on the care and compassion of medical professionals and essential workers. Citizens are ban...
05/07/2020

Now, more than ever, we rely on the care and compassion of medical professionals and essential workers. Citizens are banding together (separately!) to support these individuals by sewing masks, donating blood, and sending donations. It puts us in mind of our Margaret. Read our blog to learn more: https://oatlands.org/answering-the-call-to-volunteer/

During World War II, Margaret Eustis Finley led the Camp and Hospital Service of the @AmericanRedCross chapter of Washin...
05/06/2020

During World War II, Margaret Eustis Finley led the Camp and Hospital Service of the @AmericanRedCross chapter of Washington D.C. After the war, she continued her work and supervised 5,000 volunteers working in nine #RedCross divisions and received the Mabel Boardman Award (pictured), the highest honor given by the D.C. chapter. We honor the many dedicated medical workers and volunteers that are on the frontlines of the battle with COVID-19 on this #NursesDay.

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20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln
Leesburg, VA
20175

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Book the Inn at Oatlands Hamlet: http://bit.ly/OatlandsInn The Inn at Oatlands Hamlet is the perfect getaway for those that want to be surrounded by countryside but still close to Leesburg (10 minutes), Dulles Airport (20 minutes), and DC (45 minutes). The Inn is nestled in a quiet corner of the Oatlands Historic Site right off of Route 15. Nearby are several breweries and wineries and charming small towns. The Inn is also close to several other historic sites including Harper's Ferry and Manassas Battlefield.

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