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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Spotted in the garden, this yellow garden spider is an orb-weaver and constructs impressive radial webs. Not content wit...
09/02/2020

Spotted in the garden, this yellow garden spider is an orb-weaver and constructs impressive radial webs. Not content with a typical web, these overachievers add a little extra flair with a stabilimentum, or web decoration, at its center in the form of a zig-zag. After all that hard work, they sometimes eat their web at night and start all over! If you happen to come across one of these eight-legged friends in the gardens, you may notice that they have 3 claws on the end of each foot- one more than your usual friendly neighborhood spider.
#Oatlandsgardens #gardenspider #gardenlife #naturephotography

The Gallery at Oatlands is open daily and available online! Elaine Nunnally is one of our featured artists. Click to bro...
08/31/2020

The Gallery at Oatlands is open daily and available online! Elaine Nunnally is one of our featured artists. Click to browse her work and purchase: https://oatlands.org/elaine-nunnally/

The Oatlands estate holds some impressive pieces of art history. As part of American Artist Appreciation Month, we’d lik...
08/29/2020

The Oatlands estate holds some impressive pieces of art history. As part of American Artist Appreciation Month, we’d like to take you through the mansion and introduce you to the painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858). As a new nation, we relied on European painters for much of our early art. He was a Dutch-French Romantic painter known best for his works based on literature, religious subjects, and influential figures.

In September 1825, Commodore Morris (great-grandfather to our William Corcoran Eustis) escorted General Lafayette back to France on board his ship, the Brandywine. During the three days Morris spent as a guest in his home, Lafayette commissioned a portrait by Ary Scheffer, along with this copy of the portrait, which was presented to Mrs. Morris.
#AmericanArtistAppreciationMonth #AryScheffer #CommodoreMorris #loveloudoun #artatoatlands

This fun photograph overlaying the mansion's front porch columns, and the garden walls, is of Margaret Eustis, circa 191...
08/26/2020

This fun photograph overlaying the mansion's front porch columns, and the garden walls, is of Margaret Eustis, circa 1918. Here, she's captured having a playful moment with the family peacock. The Eustis family were great animal lovers and our collection includes images of them enjoying their country estate with llamas, horses and their beloved dogs.
#WildlifeWednesday #oatlandsmansion #MargaretEustisFinley #northernvirginia #nova #discoverleesburg #visitloudoun

Timeline Photos
08/25/2020

Timeline Photos

It’s Family Fun Month! The perfect excuse to spend more time discovering extra fun activities with your family, like sch...
08/24/2020

It’s Family Fun Month! The perfect excuse to spend more time discovering extra fun activities with your family, like scheduling that family portrait you’ve been talking about. Take the opportunity to schedule a photo shoot today to experience Oatlands and make some lasting memories with loved ones! Check out photography passes here: https://oatlands.org/photography/
📸@alieraehaneyphotography

What legacy will you leave? August is What Will Be Your Legacy Month! A time to reflect on your past and your future goa...
08/22/2020
The First Emancipator - Paperback | Oatlands

What legacy will you leave? August is What Will Be Your Legacy Month! A time to reflect on your past and your future goals and consider what you will leave future generations. The Oatlands gift shop is open daily and offers a selection of historic non-fiction books about legendary figures who may inspire you.

"[Andrew Levy] brings a literary sensibility to the study of history, and has written a richly complex book, one that transcends Carter's story to consider larger questions of individual morality and national memory."--The New York Times Book Review

The First Emancipator, by Andrew Levy, is available for purchase from our gift shop online: https://oatlands.org/product/the-first-emancipator-paperback/

Oatlands is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the public since 1966.

It’s Senior Citizens Day today! A day to let our elderly loved ones know how much we care about them and recognize them ...
08/21/2020

It’s Senior Citizens Day today! A day to let our elderly loved ones know how much we care about them and recognize them for their accomplishments. Oatlands has a large picnic area perfect for group picnics (with plenty of room for social-distancing) and individual memberships that offer unlimited visits to the property. https://oatlands.org/support-oatlands/
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#southernliving #leesburgliving #oatlands #discoverloudoun #visitloudoun #SeniorCitizensDay

What was originally a six-bed hospital in a rented house along Leesburg's Market Street, became the Loudoun County Hospi...
08/20/2020

What was originally a six-bed hospital in a rented house along Leesburg's Market Street, became the Loudoun County Hospital thanks in part to Edith Eustis (pictured on the left of this photo). Edith was instrumental in the establishment of the hospital. She was the first president of the first Ladies Board as well as a member of the Hospital Board of Directors.

The Ladies Board was responsible for managing the supervision of the hospital's housekeeping and organizing fundraising benefits, as well as providing kitchen equipment, bedding and food for patients.

To raise funds to benefit the hospital, Edith hosted theatrical events at Oatlands. Today, the hospital is called the Inova Loudoun Hospital and it continues to serve all who live, work and play in Loudoun.

With the first day of school approaching in our region, one may wonder what kind of options we may have had during the y...
08/19/2020

With the first day of school approaching in our region, one may wonder what kind of options we may have had during the years that the Carter and Eustis families owned Oatlands?

Though the Eustis children were educated in private schools, Edith felt it was important that children receive quality education. As a result, she subsidized the salaries of teachers at the Mountain Gap School because she wanted the person hired to be college educated.

Pictured here is the Mountain Gap School, circa 1882. Active until 1953, the little red school house served the children of local farmers. Today, Oatlands utilizes the schoolhouse for educational programs.

Visit our website to learn more about the Mt. Gap School: https://oatlands.org/mt-gap-school/

For a gardener, clearing a small space in your garden is like clearing a space in your heart and mind. We're in Phase I ...
08/18/2020

For a gardener, clearing a small space in your garden is like clearing a space in your heart and mind. We're in Phase I of a major overhaul project in our garden! Can you spot the differences? According to our own historians, the purpose of this area in the garden was to serve as a space to sit and contemplate. With a clearer view of the statue, our visitors can do just that.

You can learn more about the various statues in the garden by visiting Oatlands today: https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

Did you know our Edith Eustis was a supporter of starting a subscription library in Leesburg? This subscription library ...
08/17/2020

Did you know our Edith Eustis was a supporter of starting a subscription library in Leesburg? This subscription library was later incorporated as the Thomas Balch Library! This local library is a valuable resource for genealogists, and researchers- including ourselves!

Pictured with her diploma is Edith at 16-years-old, in 1890. On a tour of Oatlands, visitors can learn more about Edith and how she used her social position and influence to launch philanthropic initiatives—including the establishment of other organizations that are still in existence today! https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

It’s National Nonprofit Day! We thank our members, volunteers, visitors, and all who enjoy this historic property. With ...
08/17/2020
Donate to Oatlands | Oatlands

It’s National Nonprofit Day! We thank our members, volunteers, visitors, and all who enjoy this historic property. With your continued support, we will continue to interpret and preserve all the stories Oatlands has to share. Donate today! https://oatlands.org/product/donate-to-oatlands/

Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the publ...

Stop by our art gallery in the Carriage House! Open to the public daily, this summer we are featuring two very talented ...
08/15/2020
Art | Oatlands

Stop by our art gallery in the Carriage House! Open to the public daily, this summer we are featuring two very talented women, Elaine Nunnally and Amy Morgan.
#LoudounArt #LeesburgArt #GreenhouseStudios #ArtatOatlands #ArtShows #VirginiaGallery

Both artists share their distinct styles in their paintings. Visit our website to view and purchase some of their work: https://oatlands.org/art-at-oatlands/

Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the publ...

Today marks 75 years since the end of United States involvement in World War II and it's victory over Japan, or V-J day....
08/15/2020

Today marks 75 years since the end of United States involvement in World War II and it's victory over Japan, or V-J day. Morton Eustis, son of Edith and William Eustis, devastatingly never saw this day. Morton enlisted in October of 1940 in the New York 101st Cavalry, and quickly rose to Lieutenant. Morton was older than most other recruits, in his mid-30's at the time of his enlistment.

While today is the 75th anniversary of V-J day, Thursday was the 76th anniversary of Lt. Morton Eustis's death. He was killed in combat in France on August 13th, 1944. He was awarded a Silver Star, the third highest decoration for valor in combat.

Just three days before he was killed, he wrote the following to his mother: "I have had about every type of lead the Germans have to offer hurled at me at one time or another, but so far (touch wood) I haven't been scratched, which is more than I can say for many, many Germans who have come up against my platoon."
#EustisFamily #Oatlands #HistoricHome #nova #OatlandsVA

Make your weekend plans at Oatlands! We have...🌿An English-style garden 🌿Guided outdoor tours available by appointment: ...
08/14/2020

Make your weekend plans at Oatlands! We have...
🌿An English-style garden
🌿Guided outdoor tours available by appointment: Property Tour, Garden Tour, and the history of the Enslaved Community Tour
🌿Art for sale in our gallery, in the Carriage House🖌
Visit our website or call us at 703-727-0670 to plan your visit!

How do you think this will affect the west side of the mansion? It will get full sun now in the evening. These are some ...
08/14/2020

How do you think this will affect the west side of the mansion? It will get full sun now in the evening. These are some of the questions we have to ask ourselves as a self-providing non-profit organization.

The storms rolling through our region brought strong winds that snapped a large limb from one of our mature oak trees. A special thanks to Tino's Tree service for the special care and diligence they took to clear the path between the mansion and the Bachelor's Cottage for visitors yesterday.

While we wish it could have been saved, the fallen limb gave us a peek into the trunk where termite activity was clear. After such a narrow miss for the Bachelor’s Cottage, it was decided not to test fate, and so the entire tree had to come down. Can you believe the broken branch spanned across the driveway, beyond the cottage, far enough that it broke a branch from the neighboring linden tree?!

Please consider making a donation today to support our ongoing efforts in preservation, conservation and education: https://oatlands.org/product/donate-to-oatlands/

This lovely lady in red is Anna Livingston Reade Street Morton, Second Lady of the United States from 1889 to 1893, and ...
08/13/2020

This lovely lady in red is Anna Livingston Reade Street Morton, Second Lady of the United States from 1889 to 1893, and mother to our Edith Eustis. Though Edith seemed to settle quite comfortably in the casual northern Virginia countryside, she has deep roots in New York through her mother.

How much of a New Yorker was she? She was a descendant of Robert Livingston the Elder, 1st Lord of Livingston Manor. Livingston Manor was once a 160,000 acre tract of land (a large part of what is now Columbia County, NY) that was granted to him by George I of Britain.

You can find this portrait, by Leon Joseph Florentin Bonnat, at the National Portrait Gallery.
#Oatlands #AnnaMorton #EustisFamily #NewYork #VisitLoudoun #DiscoverLeesburg #nova #NationalPortraitGallery

Our Edith Eustis was an active community organizer. On this International Youth Day, we'd like to highlight her club for...
08/12/2020

Our Edith Eustis was an active community organizer. On this International Youth Day, we'd like to highlight her club for young boys.

Seeing an opportunity to cultivate future leaders and instill patriotism, Edith organized a club for boys with the motto “Ducet Amo Patriae,” which loosely translates to “Led by Love of Country.” This club would meet every Saturday afternoon in a special room in the old brick Carter Barn. There, Edith and other women who were social leaders in the community would organize constructive and educational games that included discussions on current events and subjects.

The blue DAP button pictured is one that Edith would hand out to all the boys in the club. Following, are two photos that depict the Carter Barn in 1937 and today! We take great pride in our preservation work!

Like Edith, we take great pride in our community and are thankful for the support you provide Oatlands through daily admissions, memberships, and generous donations. If you would like to make a donation, visit our website today: https://oatlands.org/

It’s National Sons & Daughters Day! Pictured here, Levi P. Morton enjoys the company of his precious grandchildren. Take...
08/11/2020

It’s National Sons & Daughters Day! Pictured here, Levi P. Morton enjoys the company of his precious grandchildren. Take a moment to snuggle your kids today!

Mr. Morton was the 22nd Vice President of the United States from 1889 until 1893. Father to our Edith Eustis, he was born the son of a Congregational preacher in New England. From humble beginnings working in a country store, young Levi became a teacher, and then a clerk where he acquired valuable skills.

Though eager to pursue higher education, his family’s financial status prevented him from doing so. An older brother advised him not to worry as, “a self-taught man is worth two of your college boys.”

Levi rose to become one of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential bankers. When he had children of his own, his five daughters received wonderful education opportunities, with our Edith being noted as “the scholar of the family”.

A surviving testament to the love for his children and public betterment still exists in the form of the Morton Memorial Library , built and dedicated to the memory of his daughter Lena, who died due to complications from appendicitis.
#NationalSons&DaughtersDay #EustisFamily #OatlandsGardens #OatlandsVA #VisitLoudoun #HistoricHome

Some great news for anyone thinking of planning their next special event at Oatlands!
08/10/2020

Some great news for anyone thinking of planning their next special event at Oatlands!

I've been keeping a secret for a while, and today I'm finally spilling the beans! I'm excited to share that I am partnering with Chef Matt Warschaw of Pure Perfection LLC for Month-of-Coordinating services for all weddings booked at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. 🎉 I'm even more thrilled about this opportunity for Honey & Lavender Events because it means I'll get to work alongside one of the best in the catering business!

This gorgeous venue offers so much for your wedding day, and I can't wait to begin working with the couples tying the knot at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens beginning in 2021!

This beautiful blue heron was spotted in flight by the Inn at Oatlands! What a wonderful view to wake up to.#VirginiaWil...
08/10/2020

This beautiful blue heron was spotted in flight by the Inn at Oatlands! What a wonderful view to wake up to.
#VirginiaWildlife #nova #birdwatchers #StayatOatlands #ExploreLoudoun

Ally Morgan is a visual artist and art teacher working in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2010 she received her BFA in p...
08/09/2020
Ally Morgan | Oatlands

Ally Morgan is a visual artist and art teacher working in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2010 she received her BFA in painting from Salisbury University and she received her MFA in drawing and painting from Arizona State University in 2014.

Ally is a mixed media artist, mostly focusing on watercolors, pens, and colored pencils. Drop by our Carriage House to view her work and others. All the paintings in our gallery are available for purchase from our website: https://oatlands.org/ally-morgan/
#GreenhouseStudio #ArtatOatlands #LoudounArt #LeesburgArt

Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the publ...

Elaine Nunally says, "I have been doing art in some form or another for all of my life. It is as natural to me as breath...
08/08/2020
Elaine Nunnally | Oatlands

Elaine Nunally says, "I have been doing art in some form or another for all of my life. It is as natural to me as breathing. After teaching high school art for 40 years, I retired and have been painting ever since! I still love teaching and I have continued to teach some workshops, adult classes and private classes."

Elaine paints in watercolor and her latest Highway Series is on display in our gallery in the Carriage House. Her work is available for purchase on our website: https://oatlands.org/elaine-nunnally/
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#watercolorart #artgallery #LoudounArt #LeesburgArt

Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the publ...

The beautiful and historic Inn at Oatlands Hamlet and the charming Stone Cottage, both over 200 years old, are an ideal ...
08/07/2020
Stay | Oatlands

The beautiful and historic Inn at Oatlands Hamlet and the charming Stone Cottage, both over 200 years old, are an ideal location for your next getaway. Make your trip extra special and stay at Oatlands! https://oatlands.org/stay-at-oatlands/

Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the publ...

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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 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+17037270670

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