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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Have a favorite color? We've got you covered!#Horticulture #HistoricGarden #Flowers
07/01/2021

Have a favorite color? We've got you covered!

#Horticulture #HistoricGarden #Flowers

Have a favorite color? We've got you covered!

#Horticulture #HistoricGarden #Flowers

Leesburg Lifestyle Article - Reconciling History at Oatlands https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review...https://docum...
06/29/2021
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Leesburg Lifestyle Article - Reconciling History at Oatlands

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Attached is a PDF of a just released article with Oatlands as the cover story and longest article this publication has had. From what I understand, Oatlands' approach to the issue is quite unique in the country.

The article covers the stories of an African American descendent on our Board and a White Woman descendent on our Board working together to fully reveal Oatlands' history and then using that information to inform a better future. This is Oatlands theme going forward.

I am hoping that if these two brave people, coming from their respective standpoints, can show that they can work together, then why can't almost anyone else? Oatlands has obtained full rights to publish and distribute the article.

My hope is that Oatlands provides a place where black and white descendent families, and others, can come together and consider Oatlands a safe place to contemplate and discuss the issues.
If you would like to help by becoming part of this approach as a Board Member, Annual Member and to give a donation please go to Oatlands.org.

#Oatlands, #Enslavement, #betterfuture, #education, #leesburg, #historical

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Oatlands is open for tours by reservation. Join us to learn more about the complete history of Oatlands by booking your ...
06/25/2021

Oatlands is open for tours by reservation. Join us to learn more about the complete history of Oatlands by booking your reservation at least 24-hours in advance- https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

Photo courtesy of @pathaerials

Oatlands is open for tours by reservation. Join us to learn more about the complete history of Oatlands by booking your reservation at least 24-hours in advance- https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

Photo courtesy of @pathaerials

It's #NationalPollinatorWeek! Let's hear it for the critters that keep our gardens blooming!
06/21/2021

It's #NationalPollinatorWeek! Let's hear it for the critters that keep our gardens blooming!

It's #NationalPollinatorWeek! Let's hear it for the critters that keep our gardens blooming!

Oatlands began its history in 1798 when George Carter arrived on his inherited property in Loudoun County, Virginia. Arr...
06/19/2021

Oatlands began its history in 1798 when George Carter arrived on his inherited property in Loudoun County, Virginia. Arriving with him were 17 individuals; enslaved men and women. By the onset of the Civil War, the enslaved community comprised of 133 people living and working on both Oatlands and George's widow Elizabeth's Upperville estate called Bellefield.
Through George's will, Elizabeth's diary, and other preserved documents, the names of many people have survived. Learn more by checking out the Enslaved Community Database- https://conta.cc/2SDiRGH
#Juneteenth #ReclaimYourStory

*Artwork by local artist, Gertrude Evans.

Oatlands began its history in 1798 when George Carter arrived on his inherited property in Loudoun County, Virginia. Arriving with him were 17 individuals; enslaved men and women. By the onset of the Civil War, the enslaved community comprised of 133 people living and working on both Oatlands and George's widow Elizabeth's Upperville estate called Bellefield.
Through George's will, Elizabeth's diary, and other preserved documents, the names of many people have survived. Learn more by checking out the Enslaved Community Database- https://conta.cc/2SDiRGH
#Juneteenth #ReclaimYourStory

*Artwork by local artist, Gertrude Evans.

Happy Friday everyone! There are still some spaces left on this weekend's tours. Join us to learn more about Oatlands; t...
06/18/2021

Happy Friday everyone! There are still some spaces left on this weekend's tours. Join us to learn more about Oatlands; the land and the stories of all who lived here through its history.

Reserve your space here- https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

Happy Friday everyone! There are still some spaces left on this weekend's tours. Join us to learn more about Oatlands; the land and the stories of all who lived here through its history.

Reserve your space here- https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

The families who called Oatlands home have many interesting connections, including this man, Commodore Charles Morris. T...
06/16/2021

The families who called Oatlands home have many interesting connections, including this man, Commodore Charles Morris. To William Eustis who bought Oatlands in 1903, the Commodore was his great grandfather. Active in the War of 1812, he spent his career in the Navy. We bet a highlight of that long career was escorting General Lafayette home to France in the mid 1820s. While there, Lafayette insisted on the Commodore sitting for this portrait by artist Ary Scheffer. Check out the flag in the upper left corner. A glimpse of red, white, and blue through the smokey background.
Happy National Flag Week!

The families who called Oatlands home have many interesting connections, including this man, Commodore Charles Morris. To William Eustis who bought Oatlands in 1903, the Commodore was his great grandfather. Active in the War of 1812, he spent his career in the Navy. We bet a highlight of that long career was escorting General Lafayette home to France in the mid 1820s. While there, Lafayette insisted on the Commodore sitting for this portrait by artist Ary Scheffer. Check out the flag in the upper left corner. A glimpse of red, white, and blue through the smokey background.
Happy National Flag Week!

What are your thoughts on this portrait of Margaret Eustis Finley? In 1932 while in London with her husband, David Finle...
06/14/2021

What are your thoughts on this portrait of Margaret Eustis Finley?

In 1932 while in London with her husband, David Finley, Margaret sat for her portrait. Completed by Philip Alexius de László, an artist to kings and queens of the day. Simple yet stunning, Margey is the complete focus, the background leaving the viewer undistracted.

What are your thoughts on this portrait of Margaret Eustis Finley?

In 1932 while in London with her husband, David Finley, Margaret sat for her portrait. Completed by Philip Alexius de László, an artist to kings and queens of the day. Simple yet stunning, Margey is the complete focus, the background leaving the viewer undistracted.

Searching for a quiet spot to read, and listen to the sounds of nature? Spend some time in the rose garden on this #Sund...
06/13/2021

Searching for a quiet spot to read, and listen to the sounds of nature? Spend some time in the rose garden on this #SundayFunDay

#HistoricGarden

Searching for a quiet spot to read, and listen to the sounds of nature? Spend some time in the rose garden on this #SundayFunDay

#HistoricGarden

An accomplished equestrian, William Corcoran Eustis took annual trips to Ireland to participate in the Meath County Hunt...
06/07/2021

An accomplished equestrian, William Corcoran Eustis took annual trips to Ireland to participate in the Meath County Hunt, winning in 1893, 1894, and 1896; taking the cup home on that third win!
The cup is a stunning 1884 creation of R. & S. Garrand & Co. sporting remarkable detail. From the intricate ram's head on the lid to the flowers and greenery cascading down the handles and body, to the grinning Bacchus-like figure at center.
Check it out on a tour- https://oatlands.org/product/mansion-tour/
#MuseumMonday #Equestrian #Vintage

An accomplished equestrian, William Corcoran Eustis took annual trips to Ireland to participate in the Meath County Hunt, winning in 1893, 1894, and 1896; taking the cup home on that third win!
The cup is a stunning 1884 creation of R. & S. Garrand & Co. sporting remarkable detail. From the intricate ram's head on the lid to the flowers and greenery cascading down the handles and body, to the grinning Bacchus-like figure at center.
Check it out on a tour- https://oatlands.org/product/mansion-tour/
#MuseumMonday #Equestrian #Vintage

Noted gardener, Janice Kennedy, pictured (right) with volunteer Marilyn Naylor, donated 100 Mount Hood daffodils to the ...
06/06/2021

Noted gardener, Janice Kennedy, pictured (right) with volunteer Marilyn Naylor, donated 100 Mount Hood daffodils to the gardens at Oatlands. This donation contributes to our ongoing endeavor to expand our collection of heirloom or heritage flora that would have been popular in the early 20th century during Edith Eustis' restoration of the gardens.

Thank you, Janice, for your generosity- we look forward to planting these bulbs this fall!

Noted gardener, Janice Kennedy, pictured (right) with volunteer Marilyn Naylor, donated 100 Mount Hood daffodils to the gardens at Oatlands. This donation contributes to our ongoing endeavor to expand our collection of heirloom or heritage flora that would have been popular in the early 20th century during Edith Eustis' restoration of the gardens.

Thank you, Janice, for your generosity- we look forward to planting these bulbs this fall!

Without HGTV to guide him, how did George Carter find inspiration for the design of Oatlands house? Like most educated y...
06/01/2021

Without HGTV to guide him, how did George Carter find inspiration for the design of Oatlands house? Like most educated young men of the day, he turned to his library.
George inherited a significant collection of books from his father Robert Carter III, among them, 'A Treatise on Civil Architecture' by William Chambers.
Flipping through the pages, we see some familiar features...

Without HGTV to guide him, how did George Carter find inspiration for the design of Oatlands house? Like most educated young men of the day, he turned to his library.
George inherited a significant collection of books from his father Robert Carter III, among them, 'A Treatise on Civil Architecture' by William Chambers.
Flipping through the pages, we see some familiar features...

At age 35 Morton Corcoran Eustis volunteered, rather insistently, for military service. Today he is buried in Domfront, ...
05/31/2021

At age 35 Morton Corcoran Eustis volunteered, rather insistently, for military service. Today he is buried in Domfront, France where he gave his life. His stone in the family plot of Oak Hill Cemetery reads, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”. Loosely translated, “it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country”.

At age 35 Morton Corcoran Eustis volunteered, rather insistently, for military service. Today he is buried in Domfront, France where he gave his life. His stone in the family plot of Oak Hill Cemetery reads, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”. Loosely translated, “it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country”.

Looking forward to the Wedding Showcase at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens presented by Hunt Country Celebrations. Joi...
05/30/2021
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Looking forward to the Wedding Showcase at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens presented by Hunt Country Celebrations. Join us on June 6, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be fun prizes and complimentary engagement photos.

Sign up today or register day-of for USTR's Annual Memorial Day Trail Ride at Oatlands this Sunday, May 30th. https://co...
05/28/2021

Sign up today or register day-of for USTR's Annual Memorial Day Trail Ride at Oatlands this Sunday, May 30th. https://conta.cc/3yEyuh2

Sign up today or register day-of for USTR's Annual Memorial Day Trail Ride at Oatlands this Sunday, May 30th. https://conta.cc/3yEyuh2

It's #NationalScavengerHuntDay! Who's ready to get out and play some garden bingo?
05/24/2021

It's #NationalScavengerHuntDay! Who's ready to get out and play some garden bingo?

It's #NationalScavengerHuntDay! Who's ready to get out and play some garden bingo?

Stop and smell the flowers at Oatlands! Catch an aromatic wave of mock orange on the back lawn of the mansion, or enter ...
05/22/2021

Stop and smell the flowers at Oatlands! Catch an aromatic wave of mock orange on the back lawn of the mansion, or enter the garden and find peace with the peonies and roses. 🌺🌹

#OnThisDay in 1865 Elizabeth Carter recorded in her diary, "Wallice walked off sayin he was free + was goin out for wage...
05/21/2021

#OnThisDay in 1865 Elizabeth Carter recorded in her diary, "Wallice walked off sayin he was free + was goin out for wages".
Learn more about the men and women enslaved at Oatlands through Reclaim Your Story https://oatlands.org/reclaim-your-story/

#OnThisDay in 1865 Elizabeth Carter recorded in her diary, "Wallice walked off sayin he was free + was goin out for wages".
Learn more about the men and women enslaved at Oatlands through Reclaim Your Story https://oatlands.org/reclaim-your-story/

Peeking in on the peonies, we see a few scattered blooms. Stay tuned- we'll let you know when we've reached pinnacle peo...
05/17/2021

Peeking in on the peonies, we see a few scattered blooms. Stay tuned- we'll let you know when we've reached pinnacle peony beauty.

Peeking in on the peonies, we see a few scattered blooms. Stay tuned- we'll let you know when we've reached pinnacle peony beauty.

05/15/2021

Did you know that Oatlands has its own polka? Composed by Hans Krummacher, the piece is dedicated to then owner of Oatlands, Elizabeth Carter. Do you like the tune?

For #NationalEatWhatYouWantDay will anyone partake of this #recipe for preparing fresh tongue?😛Apparently "a half tables...
05/11/2021

For #NationalEatWhatYouWantDay will anyone partake of this #recipe for preparing fresh tongue?😛
Apparently "a half tablespoon of mustard is a great improvement". Pardon us if we are skeptical.

Straight out of the Carter cookbook!

For #NationalEatWhatYouWantDay will anyone partake of this #recipe for preparing fresh tongue?😛
Apparently "a half tablespoon of mustard is a great improvement". Pardon us if we are skeptical.

Straight out of the Carter cookbook!

Happy Mother's Day! Here's Edith Eustis with darling baby Margey.
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Here's Edith Eustis with darling baby Margey.

Happy Mother's Day!

Here's Edith Eustis with darling baby Margey.

The strawberry field at Oatlands is open! Picking is by reservation so check out the info below to reserve your berry pi...
05/08/2021

The strawberry field at Oatlands is open! Picking is by reservation so check out the info below to reserve your berry picking time, and have fun!

What is Oatlands? Oatlands is a historic non-profit belonging to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and opera...
05/07/2021

What is Oatlands?
Oatlands is a historic non-profit belonging to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and operated by Oatlands, Inc.
In 1965, Margaret Eustis Finley and Anne Eustis Emmet donated the structures and land following the passing of their mother Edith, in 1964.

Photo courtesy of @path.aerials

What is Oatlands?
Oatlands is a historic non-profit belonging to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and operated by Oatlands, Inc.
In 1965, Margaret Eustis Finley and Anne Eustis Emmet donated the structures and land following the passing of their mother Edith, in 1964.

Photo courtesy of @path.aerials

An Italian well, a familiar feature of the formal gardens is now incomplete. Oatlands staff is disheartened to discover ...
05/06/2021

An Italian well, a familiar feature of the formal gardens is now incomplete. Oatlands staff is disheartened to discover a loss from our collection- the well's buckets are gone. A report has been filed with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, and so we implore our community, please, if you see these buckets, call the authorities.

Photographed as early as 1904, these buckets have lived in the garden for at least 117 years. Help us bring them home.

Please share to spread the word!

An Italian well, a familiar feature of the formal gardens is now incomplete. Oatlands staff is disheartened to discover a loss from our collection- the well's buckets are gone. A report has been filed with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, and so we implore our community, please, if you see these buckets, call the authorities.

Photographed as early as 1904, these buckets have lived in the garden for at least 117 years. Help us bring them home.

Please share to spread the word!

With over 400 acres, you can explore field and forest at Oatlands. Check out the trails!#WildlifeWednesday #Loudoun #Exp...
05/05/2021

With over 400 acres, you can explore field and forest at Oatlands. Check out the trails!
#WildlifeWednesday #Loudoun #Explore

With over 400 acres, you can explore field and forest at Oatlands. Check out the trails!
#WildlifeWednesday #Loudoun #Explore

Doing rounds to check out our historic structures after those high winds on Friday. Thankful for minor damage and gorgeo...
05/03/2021

Doing rounds to check out our historic structures after those high winds on Friday. Thankful for minor damage and gorgeous views!
#Loudoun #Vistas #HistoricGarden

What will visitors see in the garden today? The herb beds are just about complete- Over 70 plants in the ground so far!T...
05/02/2021

What will visitors see in the garden today? The herb beds are just about complete- Over 70 plants in the ground so far!
Thank you very much to those who donated herbs for this space!

What will visitors see in the garden today? The herb beds are just about complete- Over 70 plants in the ground so far!
Thank you very much to those who donated herbs for this space!

Did you know that George and Elizabeth Carter were interred on Oatlands' property? In 1846, and 1888, respectively, Geor...
04/27/2021

Did you know that George and Elizabeth Carter were interred on Oatlands' property? In 1846, and 1888, respectively, George and Elizabeth were laid to rest in a quiet corner of the garden.

We are most appreciative of the excellent work completed by @BetterViewNV, a family owned and operated local business. A special thank you to Melvin and his crew for donating their time and expertise- the crypt is looking better than ever!

#NationalGardenMonth #TransformationTuesday #BeforeAndAfter

Did you know that George and Elizabeth Carter were interred on Oatlands' property? In 1846, and 1888, respectively, George and Elizabeth were laid to rest in a quiet corner of the garden.

We are most appreciative of the excellent work completed by @BetterViewNV, a family owned and operated local business. A special thank you to Melvin and his crew for donating their time and expertise- the crypt is looking better than ever!

#NationalGardenMonth #TransformationTuesday #BeforeAndAfter

Thank you so much to all who came out to experience the gardens and grounds, attend tours, picnic and dance with @dancek...
04/26/2021

Thank you so much to all who came out to experience the gardens and grounds, attend tours, picnic and dance with @dancekingstudios, and attend @stagecoachtheatreco's production of Abra Cadaver!
Your continued support helps us fulfill our mission of preserving the past and engaging the future.

Thank you so much to all who came out to experience the gardens and grounds, attend tours, picnic and dance with @dancekingstudios, and attend @stagecoachtheatreco's production of Abra Cadaver!
Your continued support helps us fulfill our mission of preserving the past and engaging the future.

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20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln
Leesburg, VA
20175

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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(703) 727-0670

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