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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Oatlands wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday. If you haven't gotten your baking fix yet, give Mary Carter's...
12/24/2020

Oatlands wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday.
If you haven't gotten your baking fix yet, give Mary Carter's soft gingerbread recipe a try. Yum!

With countless trees covering 400 acres, Oatlands is so grateful that our trees are getting some much needed love this h...
12/23/2020

With countless trees covering 400 acres, Oatlands is so grateful that our trees are getting some much needed love this holiday season. A total of 5 local tree companies, led by Donegan's Tree Services, are joining forces to remove and trim trees at a highly reduced cost to benefit our historic community.

Supporting the local community while protecting historic trees is a project close to our hearts. That's why we provided Oatlands Historic House and Gardens with a free, comprehensive tree inventory to help them identify, track, and plan for tree care as part of the estate’s preventative maintenance planning.

Merry and bright was the Oatlands greenhouse this weekend.  #WinterSolstice #FirstDayOfWinterInterested in holding a pri...
12/21/2020

Merry and bright was the Oatlands greenhouse this weekend.
#WinterSolstice #FirstDayOfWinter

Interested in holding a private event in the greenhouse? Contact [email protected] for more information.

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, Oatlands is beautiful throughout it all!
12/18/2020

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, Oatlands is beautiful throughout it all!

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens's cover photo
12/18/2020

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens's cover photo

On this snowy #WhatIsItWednesday check out this nifty electric contraption located in the east hall. Beside the dining r...
12/16/2020

On this snowy #WhatIsItWednesday check out this nifty electric contraption located in the east hall. Beside the dining room, you wouldn't notice it on the typical mansion tour, as it hides under the built-in cabinets. What do you think it's for?

Ho ho ho who wants to go? Don't miss your chance to see StageCoach Theatre Company's "Up on the Rooftop, Click, Click, B...
12/15/2020

Ho ho ho who wants to go?
Don't miss your chance to see StageCoach Theatre Company's "Up on the Rooftop, Click, Click, BANG!" murder mystery show at Oatlands!
Book reservations for December 20th to enjoy the show and dinner by #PurePerfectionCatering!
https://conta.cc/3nkq34h

Did you know that broken ceramics can be repaired with metal staples? It's true! There are several examples within the O...
12/14/2020

Did you know that broken ceramics can be repaired with metal staples? It's true! There are several examples within the Oatlands collection, but on this #MuseumMonday we highlight the mid-19th century Imari bowl on display in the 1804 mansion museum's entrance hall. You may not notice it at first, but on closer inspection, there are 4 runs consisting of 42 staples total!

Treat yourself to Oatlands' new 'Grab & Go' Afternoon Tea and brighten up your holiday season! https://conta.cc/37UJeeN
12/12/2020

Treat yourself to Oatlands' new 'Grab & Go' Afternoon Tea and brighten up your holiday season! https://conta.cc/37UJeeN

Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-llama, it's #NationalLlamaDay! Celebrate by grabbing one of these sweet llama or...
12/09/2020

Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-llama, it's #NationalLlamaDay! Celebrate by grabbing one of these sweet llama ornaments by local artist Amy Berringer. Don't want to miss out because you can't swing by today? Purchase online and pick-up at the Carriage House gift shop later!
https://conta.cc/2VYZ9TK
Pictured is Grandiflora the Llama who lived at Oatlands. Isn't the ornament the spitting image of Grandi?

From the Eustis library, this amusing illustration from H. M. Bateman's "A Mixture" is captioned, "Cocktail King". Perfe...
12/08/2020

From the Eustis library, this amusing illustration from H. M. Bateman's "A Mixture" is captioned, "Cocktail King". Perfect for #NationalBartenderDay.
Tired of being your own bartender? Check out this stylish bar by @PurePerfectionCatering in the Oatlands Carriage House for @StageCoachTheatreCompany's Murder Mystery Dinner Show, "Up on the Rooftop, Click, Click Bang!"
Visit https://conta.cc/3mUkE3U for tickets!

Happy #NationalLetterWritingDay! Isn't it amazing how communication has changed in the last 120 years? In 1900 William C...
12/07/2020

Happy #NationalLetterWritingDay! Isn't it amazing how communication has changed in the last 120 years? In 1900 William Corcoran Eustis wrote a long letter (26 pages!) to his wife Edith while crossing the Atlantic. So much is preserved on these pages, including the touching relationship between the then newlywed couple,
"...my dearest sweetheart I wish I could look into those blue dear eyes of yours and tell you how much I love you cara mia."

Who knew that December 5th was #BathtubPartyDay? Frosty sure did!This #snowman is relaxing in one of the gorgeous clawfo...
12/05/2020

Who knew that December 5th was #BathtubPartyDay? Frosty sure did!
This #snowman is relaxing in one of the gorgeous clawfoot tubs installed by the Eustis family after they purchased Oatlands in 1903.

Oatlands researchers dove into primary resources such as diaries and wills to extract vital information. Their quarry? A...
12/03/2020

Oatlands researchers dove into primary resources such as diaries and wills to extract vital information. Their quarry? Any instance of a named enslaved person.

Even brief notes like, "Sarah had a child - girl called Becky" or "Mrs. Benton has taken Daphne + Effie for the term of five years." provide valuable details about people's lives.

Today the Oatlands Enslaved Community Database contains over 900 entries, representing approximately 120 distinct individuals, and it will continue to grow with further research AND merge with a national effort led by Michigan State and funded by the Mellon Foundation. Check it out in the Washington Post- https://conta.cc/3lwPcqZ
Pic of Basil Turner in the gardens of Oatlands.

Did you know that December 1st is #GivingTuesday? Oatlands Historic House & Gardens is an independent 501(c)(3) non-prof...
12/01/2020

Did you know that December 1st is #GivingTuesday?
Oatlands Historic House & Gardens is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are 100% dependent on your generous donations for the preservation of our 200 year-old property. Our goal is to give visitors world-class experiences in education, history, research, conservation and in the enjoyment of the natural northern Virginia landscape.
https://conta.cc/3f7eCd6
Pictured: The Oatlands mansion as it was in 1904, already 100 years old! #History #LoveLoudoun

Support local artisans this #CyberMonday when you peruse the Oatlands online gift shop. Make your purchases online and p...
11/30/2020

Support local artisans this #CyberMonday when you peruse the Oatlands online gift shop. Make your purchases online and pick them up in store Monday-Sunday 10-5.
Check it out- https://conta.cc/39i0Jru

Will one of these unique creations by miko worx be yours?
11/28/2020

Will one of these unique creations by miko worx be yours?

8 pieces out for the holiday market at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. They will be there for the month of December. They make great gifts!

Happy #BlackFriday everyone. Making your list and checking it twice? Margaret Eustis Finley was on top of her list- that...
11/27/2020

Happy #BlackFriday everyone. Making your list and checking it twice? Margaret Eustis Finley was on top of her list- that's a lot of Christmas cards!

Oatlands is closed today, November 26th, in observance of Thanksgiving. May you and yours be happy and healthy! Want to ...
11/26/2020

Oatlands is closed today, November 26th, in observance of Thanksgiving. May you and yours be happy and healthy!

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Waving to the weekend like...
11/23/2020

Waving to the weekend like...

Good morning early birds! The trails will be open today at 11:00 a.m.!
11/21/2020

Good morning early birds! The trails will be open today at 11:00 a.m.!

Happy #NationalAbsurdityDay! For such an occasion we present a silly little thing from our archive. Can you get more fan...
11/20/2020

Happy #NationalAbsurdityDay! For such an occasion we present a silly little thing from our archive. Can you get more fancy than this?

The 4.5 acre terraced gardens are known for their beauty of both structure and fascinating selection of plants and histo...
11/19/2020

The 4.5 acre terraced gardens are known for their beauty of both structure and fascinating selection of plants and historic boxwoods. It is a Herculean task to provide care for this garden, and this year a detailed plan was created and implemented to rejuvenate them.
Overgrown vines were tamed, plants rearranged, the reflecting pond got a new surface to stop leaks and save water, and speaking of water, a brand new irrigation system means no more dragging hoses around!

One of the many exciting improvements made to the property this year is the addition of Dan Duis to our team. A voluntee...
11/18/2020

One of the many exciting improvements made to the property this year is the addition of Dan Duis to our team. A volunteer, Dan brings his own equipment (and wonderfully positive attitude!) to hay the fields that surround the historic core of Oatlands. His investment in improving our fields is immensely appreciated.

Oatlands is vast, comprising over 400 acres, and about 20 historic structures, about half of which exceed 200 years old!...
11/17/2020

Oatlands is vast, comprising over 400 acres, and about 20 historic structures, about half of which exceed 200 years old! With age like that, every now and then you're due to have some work done, right?
With many preservation projects on our wish list, we turn to the community to ask for your help. Please consider making a donation- https://conta.cc/3f7eCd6

Image by Path Aerial Photography.

When you realize the weekend is over and it's Monday...This big pup was painted alongside George II and Benjamin Carter....
11/16/2020

When you realize the weekend is over and it's Monday...
This big pup was painted alongside George II and Benjamin Carter. What kind of dog do you think he is?
Want to see the full painting? Reserve a house tour, Thursday-Sunday and see it in the Carter bedroom!
#MondayMood

Have you visited the ginkgo at Oatlands this fall? Now is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous giant. It won't be lon...
11/14/2020

Have you visited the ginkgo at Oatlands this fall? Now is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous giant. It won't be long until all those golden leaves fall for the season.

In honor of #NationalPickleDay why not try out this recipe from Elizabeth Carter's cookbook?
11/14/2020

In honor of #NationalPickleDay why not try out this recipe from Elizabeth Carter's cookbook?

Martin VanBuren Buchanan was born in Gleedsville, Virginia between 1842 and 1845. Located outside of Leesburg, Gleedsvil...
11/11/2020

Martin VanBuren Buchanan was born in Gleedsville, Virginia between 1842 and 1845. Located outside of Leesburg, Gleedsville is northeast of Oatlands through fields and wooded areas. Martin's father was Robert Buchanan, a man enslaved at Oatlands, while his mother, Mahala Jackson, was a free woman. By Virginia laws of the day, Martin's status followed that of his mother, and so he was born free.
In his young life, Martin was employed at Oatlands with his father, but he left in 1863.
Find out why on this week's blog- https://conta.cc/2UjSOBy
#VeteransDay

The ginkgo watch continues...Did you know that ginkgo trees are either male or female? Ours, the largest in the state of...
11/09/2020

The ginkgo watch continues...
Did you know that ginkgo trees are either male or female? Ours, the largest in the state of Virginia, is male!

And so it begins...soon the ginkgo will be bright yellow, and the Japanese maples ruby red. Waiting for these vibrant tr...
11/07/2020

And so it begins...soon the ginkgo will be bright yellow, and the Japanese maples ruby red. Waiting for these vibrant trees to pop with their fall colors? We'll keep you posted on the right time to visit!

Hmm...what could these thingamabobs be? They sure are heavy.#WhatIsItWednesday
11/04/2020

Hmm...what could these thingamabobs be? They sure are heavy.
#WhatIsItWednesday

Have you voted? Rusty made it out bright and early, so he could get back to the garden and guard his terraces and greet ...
11/03/2020

Have you voted? Rusty made it out bright and early, so he could get back to the garden and guard his terraces and greet visitors.

Happy #NationalAuthorsDay! With so many books in the Oatlands collection ranging from  the earliest volume published in ...
11/02/2020

Happy #NationalAuthorsDay! With so many books in the Oatlands collection ranging from the earliest volume published in 1547, all the way up into the 1960s, how can we pick a single author to showcase?
Share your favorite author in the comments!

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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