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Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House

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Address: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone Number: +1 703-780-4000
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Description: Two houses on the property: 1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on...
Two houses on the property: 1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on George Washington's property for his step-granddaughter Nelly and her husband Lawrence. Starting off as 2,000 acre plantation built in 1800, the house went through a number of interesting owners before becoming the first site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 2. Frank Lloyd Wright is practically a household name these days, but this small Usonian house was a unique design of his. Originally built in 1940 in Falls Church, VA; this house is a true example of preservation-in-action!
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Worth visiting for Frank Lloyd Wright fans

This attraction includes tours of two very different houses - a large colonial-era plantation and a small, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house. We only had time to tour the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
Brendan S
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Arlington, Virginia

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Arlington, Virginia
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354 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This attraction includes tours of two very different houses - a large colonial-era plantation and a small, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house. We only had time to tour the Pope-Leighey House. The admission fee is $10 for one house and $15 for both. The Pope-Leighey House is small - just 1200 square feet and 5 rooms - and the tour takes... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Guest Relations Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great review! We would love for you to come back and tour Woodlawn - the two offer such an interesting architectural juxtaposition that you just can't find anywhere else! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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40 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Woodlawn Plantation is located near Mount Vernon and is easily reached by car (off of Route 1.) It is a stately mansion that is beautifully furnished on lovely grounds. A good time to visit is during the annual needlepoint show. The Pope Leighey House is a short walk from the mansion and probably more interesting since it was designed by... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting - we're glad you had time to visit both houses and leave us a positive review! More 

Dumfries, Virginia
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114 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I recently visited Woodlawn for their first Woodlawn Wednesday, which included a tour of the mansion and outdoor play. This was such a treat. The staff were attentive and they planned ahead for the incoming rain. I can't wait to go back and also tour the Pope Leighey House. Bravo!

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to our first Woodlawn Wednesday Event! We hope to see you for a tour of the Pope-Leighey House and our other events in the future! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My family went to Woodlawn Plantation after years of passing by it on Rt. 1, and I was pleasantly surprised. The tour guide was very good. I'm not a history buff, but she made it interesting.

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

We are so glad you decided to stop and visit us! We're thrilled that you had an enjoyable experience - Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House are not just for history buffs :) Come back and see us again soon! More 

Farmington, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 486 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The Pope-Leighy house is small at 1200 square feet; however, it is typical Frank Lloyd Wright style. There's not much to it if you're not a FLW fan, or if you've not had an opportunity to visit an FLW house before. You go over the entire house and are free to wander the outside, though there's not much landscaping to... More 

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

We thank you for your visit. I hope you enjoyed seeing a unique side of Frank Lloyd Wright. His career took him in many directions but typically in a more expensive route. His Usonian design here is truly a different side of Frank. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The tour at Woodlawn was very interesting with allk tge details relating to Mt. Vernon & George Washington. The tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Pope Leighey home was less well done, and,as fans if Mr. Wright, we knew a lot of the information given was incorrect. This part of the tour moved slowly.

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit. We strive to give people reasons to admire our sites, including continued education for a new and old guides. I hope you come back to see us again soon! More 

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
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147 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Pope Leighy house is one of the rare FL Wright homes in the DC area. The home cost $7,000 and is part of the Usonian style he developed for affordable living. The home is minimalist with Wright's straight lines. cantilevers, and self designed furniture. Given the cost constraints it does not have any of the typical colored glass. It... More 

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for coming to see us and spreading the new about our little house! More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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480 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

There are two houses on the property, a Colonial period manor house and a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home from the 1930's. Gift shop in the manor house

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us! More 

Woodbridge, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I liked the history surrounding how this home was built. The Pope-Leighey House is also on the same property and is a prime example of a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Interesting architecture!

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

We agree that we are little known! Thank you for coming to see our hidden gem. The contrast between the two houses on the property is really what makes this site unique. :) More 

Ellicott City, Maryland
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131 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

A work of art need not be on canvas to be considered a masterpiece. FL Wright's Usonian concept in house design (keeping costs to a minimum) with no basement or attic demonstrates how livability in 1200 square feet can be accomplished by a visionary back in 1940. Minimalist doesn't do the concept justice given the L-shaped design, the quality of... More 

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. We are a small site, with big dreams. It is good to know that even on our busy days people are satisfied with their experience. Please come see us again soon! More 

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