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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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.

Good luck to all the kids running in the cross country state championship here at Oatlands this weekend! #vhsl_official ...
04/23/2021

Good luck to all the kids running in the cross country state championship here at Oatlands this weekend!
#vhsl_official #CrossCountry

Good luck to all the kids running in the cross country state championship here at Oatlands this weekend!
#vhsl_official #CrossCountry

Lots of people have asked recently if we allow picnics on the grounds- we encourage them! Bring a picnic lunch and hang ...
04/23/2021

Lots of people have asked recently if we allow picnics on the grounds- we encourage them! Bring a picnic lunch and hang out in the picnic grove, or set up a blanket anywhere as this lovely couple has done. Allow time to stroll through the gardens!

Thank you @carriemichellephotography for this fantastic image!

Lots of people have asked recently if we allow picnics on the grounds- we encourage them! Bring a picnic lunch and hang out in the picnic grove, or set up a blanket anywhere as this lovely couple has done. Allow time to stroll through the gardens!

Thank you @carriemichellephotography for this fantastic image!

After an overwhelmingly positive response to last years Spring and Fall Series, Dance King returns to Oatlands April 24t...
04/19/2021

After an overwhelmingly positive response to last years Spring and Fall Series, Dance King returns to Oatlands April 24th for more date night fun! Don't miss this opportunity to learn swing and the foxtrot on the front lawn of the historic home overlooking the formal gardens.
Couples attending receive a gift card toward either an in-studio, or virtual private lesson!
Toes tapping just thinking about it? Register today- https://theballroomking.infusionsoft.app/app/manageCart/showManageOrder

After an overwhelmingly positive response to last years Spring and Fall Series, Dance King returns to Oatlands April 24th for more date night fun! Don't miss this opportunity to learn swing and the foxtrot on the front lawn of the historic home overlooking the formal gardens.
Couples attending receive a gift card toward either an in-studio, or virtual private lesson!
Toes tapping just thinking about it? Register today- https://theballroomking.infusionsoft.app/app/manageCart/showManageOrder

🎼Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme...🌱 are just a few of the plants you'll find on our wish list as we revitalize the h...
04/15/2021

🎼Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme...🌱 are just a few of the plants you'll find on our wish list as we revitalize the herb garden.
If it's time to thin the herb herd at home, consider donating some plants to help us rebuild the beds!

Please drop off plants to the Carriage House visitor center this weekend (April 17th and 18th) between 10am and 5pm.

Check out the comments for our full wish list.

🎼Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme...🌱 are just a few of the plants you'll find on our wish list as we revitalize the herb garden.
If it's time to thin the herb herd at home, consider donating some plants to help us rebuild the beds!

Please drop off plants to the Carriage House visitor center this weekend (April 17th and 18th) between 10am and 5pm.

Check out the comments for our full wish list.

What's a reveal without some before and after shots?Some of the features were difficult to make out prior to cleaning. W...
04/13/2021

What's a reveal without some before and after shots?

Some of the features were difficult to make out prior to cleaning. Who knew we had a couple of smooching fish?

#Restoration #TransformationTuesday #NationalGardenMonth

Exposed to the elements, the features of this planter require careful periodic cleaning. Revealed from under the grime, ...
04/13/2021
Boxwood Parterre- Planter gets a makeover!

Exposed to the elements, the features of this planter require careful periodic cleaning. Revealed from under the grime, check out all the details meant to be seen and admired!
https://youtu.be/c6rF-WIx55k
Brought to Oatlands by Edith Eustis in the early 20th century, the planter fell into place within the 4.5 acre garden, on a terrace of Edith's own creation.
#Restoration #TransformationTuesday #NationalGardenMonth

This planter was brought to Oatlands by Edith Eustis, and placed here, on a terrace of her own creation and design, in the early 20th century. Exposed to the...

Remember that bit of plaster that fell in the mansion nursery back in December? It's all fixed now!Projects like these a...
04/12/2021

Remember that bit of plaster that fell in the mansion nursery back in December? It's all fixed now!

Projects like these are financed in part due to generous donations from individuals, and organizations. Support from our community is crucial in keeping our historic structures in good condition, allowing us to share them with the public through daily visitation and tours.
#MansionMonday #MakeoverMonday

Remember that bit of plaster that fell in the mansion nursery back in December? It's all fixed now!

Projects like these are financed in part due to generous donations from individuals, and organizations. Support from our community is crucial in keeping our historic structures in good condition, allowing us to share them with the public through daily visitation and tours.
#MansionMonday #MakeoverMonday

What's the buzz around the Oatlands mansion these days? Windows! Through the years the windows were either painted or ev...
04/09/2021

What's the buzz around the Oatlands mansion these days? Windows!
Through the years the windows were either painted or even nailed shut, and in a home without air conditioning...it gets a tad toasty in summer.
To improve the visitor experience, and health of the home, the windows are being made functional once more. Stay tuned for a detailed look at the work.
We look forward to hosting tours of the home in June!

What's the buzz around the Oatlands mansion these days? Windows!
Through the years the windows were either painted or even nailed shut, and in a home without air conditioning...it gets a tad toasty in summer.
To improve the visitor experience, and health of the home, the windows are being made functional once more. Stay tuned for a detailed look at the work.
We look forward to hosting tours of the home in June!

Old garden plans and photographs help the Oatlands staff and garden committee understand how the garden changed over tim...
04/08/2021

Old garden plans and photographs help the Oatlands staff and garden committee understand how the garden changed over time. This particular map shows 4 dots encased in a square (circled in red). Today, this appears as 3 remaining yews, set in a semi-circle.
The black and white photograph held by the Library of Congress was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston in the 1930s and shows just a corner of this bed, but you can see the square shape and a bit of young yew. By 2007 the yews were much larger, but unfortunately one had died. The bed was reshaped and bordered in brick.
#NationalGardenMonth

On #NationalWalkingDay take advantage of Oatlands' network of #trails. Meander through the #historic site, and venture f...
04/07/2021

On #NationalWalkingDay take advantage of Oatlands' network of #trails. Meander through the #historic site, and venture further into the fields and wooded areas.
Purchase a trails pass or membership online https://oatlands.org/multi-use-trails/

On #NationalWalkingDay take advantage of Oatlands' network of #trails. Meander through the #historic site, and venture further into the fields and wooded areas.
Purchase a trails pass or membership online https://oatlands.org/multi-use-trails/

Take your picnic to the next level with Purely Picnics VA.
04/06/2021

Take your picnic to the next level with Purely Picnics VA.

Select Oatlands Historic House & Gardens as your location for a gorgeous picnic experience! #visitloudoun #historicgardens #loveloudoun #loudounva #loudouncountyva #picnicloudoun#loudouncounty

Oatlands is looking for a hardworking, passionate individual to join our team as a Landscape & Garden Technician. If you...
04/06/2021

Oatlands is looking for a hardworking, passionate individual to join our team as a Landscape & Garden Technician. If you have 16-24 hours each week to devote to helping us keep the gardens and grounds looking their best, click the link below to learn more!

https://oatlands.org/employment/
#WorkInLoudoun

Oatlands is looking for a hardworking, passionate individual to join our team as a Landscape & Garden Technician. If you have 16-24 hours each week to devote to helping us keep the gardens and grounds looking their best, click the link below to learn more!

https://oatlands.org/employment/
#WorkInLoudoun

Who's ready to get outside? Book an outdoor private tour at Oatlands! Schedule your reservation at least 24 hours in adv...
04/05/2021

Who's ready to get outside? Book an outdoor private tour at Oatlands! Schedule your reservation at least 24 hours in advance online at https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

Who's ready to get outside? Book an outdoor private tour at Oatlands! Schedule your reservation at least 24 hours in advance online at https://oatlands.org/tour-oatlands/

Garden committee members and staff part the boxwoods to remove dead wood, and give these low hedges a trim. This allows ...
04/02/2021

Garden committee members and staff part the boxwoods to remove dead wood, and give these low hedges a trim. This allows for more light to pe*****te through the plant, encouraging healthy growth. Periodic plucking of the boxwoods is one of many tasks necessary to keep the gardens feeling and looking their best.
#NationalGardenMonth #Boxwood #HistoricGardens

Spring blooms are beautiful, but fleeting! Who's coming this weekend to admire them?#Euphorbia #Daffodils #Quince #Cherr...
04/01/2021

Spring blooms are beautiful, but fleeting! Who's coming this weekend to admire them?
#Euphorbia #Daffodils #Quince #CherryBlossoms #HistoricGarden #NationalGardenMonth

Spring blooms are beautiful, but fleeting! Who's coming this weekend to admire them?
#Euphorbia #Daffodils #Quince #CherryBlossoms #HistoricGarden #NationalGardenMonth

Since 2012, staff has endeavored to learn and share the complete history of Oatlands. To accomplish this initiative, kno...
03/30/2021

Since 2012, staff has endeavored to learn and share the complete history of Oatlands. To accomplish this initiative, known as Reclaim Your Story, researchers extrapolated the names of individuals from various resources. These names became the Enslaved Community Database. Viewable at https://conta.cc/39r4xGb the database helps connect descendants to past family.

One of those resources is the diary of Elizabeth Carter, wife of George Carter, founder of Oatlands. Saved by the Carter family, and passed down through the generations, the diary is now entrusted to Oatlands.

Fully transcribed and annotated for easy reading, Elizabeth's diary, a piece of Loudoun's history, is now available on Amazon https://conta.cc/39sOFD4

Since 2012, staff has endeavored to learn and share the complete history of Oatlands. To accomplish this initiative, known as Reclaim Your Story, researchers extrapolated the names of individuals from various resources. These names became the Enslaved Community Database. Viewable at https://conta.cc/39r4xGb the database helps connect descendants to past family.

One of those resources is the diary of Elizabeth Carter, wife of George Carter, founder of Oatlands. Saved by the Carter family, and passed down through the generations, the diary is now entrusted to Oatlands.

Fully transcribed and annotated for easy reading, Elizabeth's diary, a piece of Loudoun's history, is now available on Amazon https://conta.cc/39sOFD4

Wondering how to celebrate #SpinachDay? Give this #recipe from the Carter #cookbook a try.
03/26/2021

Wondering how to celebrate #SpinachDay? Give this #recipe from the Carter #cookbook a try.

Wondering how to celebrate #SpinachDay? Give this #recipe from the Carter #cookbook a try.

Spring is in the air! Visit the gardens and grounds at Oatlands for a healthy dose of sunshine and spring blooms.Did you...
03/24/2021

Spring is in the air! Visit the gardens and grounds at Oatlands for a healthy dose of sunshine and spring blooms.

Did you know that Oatlands is open year-round, daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.?
Purchase a grounds pass https://oatlands.org/product/grounds-pass/ or membership https://oatlands.org/support-oatlands/ today!

Spring is in the air! Visit the gardens and grounds at Oatlands for a healthy dose of sunshine and spring blooms.

Did you know that Oatlands is open year-round, daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.?
Purchase a grounds pass https://oatlands.org/product/grounds-pass/ or membership https://oatlands.org/support-oatlands/ today!

A special thank you to Troop 1910 for choosing to earn their service hours tending the beds along the north wall of the ...
03/22/2021

A special thank you to Troop 1910 for choosing to earn their service hours tending the beds along the north wall of the 4.5-acre garden. Your hard work helps us prepare for spring visitors!
#Volunteer #BoyScouts #SpringCleaning #Gardening

A special thank you to Troop 1910 for choosing to earn their service hours tending the beds along the north wall of the 4.5-acre garden. Your hard work helps us prepare for spring visitors!
#Volunteer #BoyScouts #SpringCleaning #Gardening

It's beginning to look a lot like #springtime! Travel the trails, and stroll the garden to celebrate the arrival of the ...
03/20/2021

It's beginning to look a lot like #springtime! Travel the trails, and stroll the garden to celebrate the arrival of the new season.
https://oatlands.org/product/grounds-pass/
#Crocus #Daffodils #Hellebore #Snowdrops

It's beginning to look a lot like #springtime! Travel the trails, and stroll the garden to celebrate the arrival of the new season.
https://oatlands.org/product/grounds-pass/
#Crocus #Daffodils #Hellebore #Snowdrops

When Edith Eustis restored the gardens at Oatlands in the early 20th century, she acknowledged that, "...although the th...
03/15/2021

When Edith Eustis restored the gardens at Oatlands in the early 20th century, she acknowledged that, "...although the thoughts and conceptions were new, they fitted it. And every stone vase or bench, every box-hedge planted, seemed to fall into its rightful place and become a part of the whole”. One such feature sits on a terrace of Edith's own design.
Over time, the elements obscured its wonderful details. After a little #MakeoverMonday, the details can be seen once more!

#FlashbackFriday to 1999! Images like this help us understand how Oatlands has changed over time and are a wonderful res...
03/12/2021

#FlashbackFriday to 1999! Images like this help us understand how Oatlands has changed over time and are a wonderful research tool.
Do you have older photos of Oatlands you'd like to share? Email [email protected] today- the older the better!

#FlashbackFriday to 1999! Images like this help us understand how Oatlands has changed over time and are a wonderful research tool.
Do you have older photos of Oatlands you'd like to share? Email [email protected] today- the older the better!

Happy #WildlifeWednesday! These hooded mergansers took up residence at Oatlands several weeks ago. If you are a #birder,...
03/10/2021

Happy #WildlifeWednesday! These hooded mergansers took up residence at Oatlands several weeks ago. If you are a #birder, these little ducks can be spotted along the yellow 'Journey Through Hallowed Ground Trail'. Walk softly- they're flighty!

Happy #WildlifeWednesday! These hooded mergansers took up residence at Oatlands several weeks ago. If you are a #birder, these little ducks can be spotted along the yellow 'Journey Through Hallowed Ground Trail'. Walk softly- they're flighty!

The health benefits of spending time in nature are well documented. Nature therapy, goes by many names like shinrin-yoku...
03/08/2021

The health benefits of spending time in nature are well documented. Nature therapy, goes by many names like shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. There are a number of ways to engage in shinrin-yoku at Oatlands- it's easy!

With trails that meander through field and forest, you can hike solo, enjoy a picnic with friends and family, indulge in nature photography, or begin a nature journal.

Plan your visit to decompress and unplug today! https://oatlands.org/multi-use-trails/

The health benefits of spending time in nature are well documented. Nature therapy, goes by many names like shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. There are a number of ways to engage in shinrin-yoku at Oatlands- it's easy!

With trails that meander through field and forest, you can hike solo, enjoy a picnic with friends and family, indulge in nature photography, or begin a nature journal.

Plan your visit to decompress and unplug today! https://oatlands.org/multi-use-trails/

Address

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

(703) 727-0670

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