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Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House

9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
703 780 4000
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Ranked #5 of 42 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Historic home of Martha Washington's granddaughter given as a wedding present by President George Washington.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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433 reviews 433 reviews
256 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I toured the Pope Leighey house and have toured several other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. I found the tour to be quite informative although a bit long. Admission was $10 and photography was allowed on the Exterior but not the interior... this always annoys the photographer inside of me. Wright's minimalist design and control of everything take full form here... More

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

Thank you for visiting us. I am glad you enjoyed your tour. As a history and travel lover, I also understand your frustration at the photography rule. However, it is in place because there are objects inside the house that have a copyright on them. More

Gainesville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We've seen a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses, visiting Falling Water last year and the houses in Illinois in years past. But the Unisom (unisoam?) house was fascinating, and our guide was first rate. He really brought it alive. My husband can't stop thinking about it.

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

So glad you enjoyed your tour! Thank you for taking time to visit us and for reviewing us here. More

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The home of George washington's niece is open to the public. You can see my Vernon from the residence. The plants are original and the house is maintained by volunteers. There is a needlework exhibit in the spring, all entries must be hand made without machinery. The pope-Leighy house is an interesting frank lloyd wright Usonian design. Both houses Open... More

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

Thank you for your review. Woodlawn has had a long history of wonderful owners, it truly is a gem. More

Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The house was off the beaten track but as a fan of the Lloyd Wright style it was well worth a visit.Timed entries mean that the Pope-Leighey house wasn't too crowded, and the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Unfortunately due to limited time didnnt see Woodlawn, and note that the site is only open Friday to Monday.

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

Thank you for your visit and review. Our guides appreciate your compliments! More

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If the crowds at Mt. Vernon are thick you should give this much quieter place serious consideration. Actually, give Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey a visit no matter what. Both houses are worth the price of admission and the house tours are excellent. The tour guide at Woodlawn was exceptionally knowledgeable and entertaining - wish I could remember her name!

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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 review and visit! We all know Mount Vernon has an amazing story to tell, that's why so many people go there! However, crowds can be overwhelming for many people. Our guides love your compliments! More

Point Roberts, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Having just come from Mount Vernon, and having been disappointed, we didn't spect too much from Woodlawn. Instead, we were delighted - the tour guide was well informed, the tour wasn't rushed and we had lots of interesting questions. The house may not be as famous as Mount Vernon, but it is worth visiting. And the Pope-Leighey house was truly... More

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

Thank you for your compliments! We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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259 attraction reviews
923 helpful votes 923 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Another Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. A classic Usonian house for architectural buffs like me. For such a deceptively tiny looking house outside, it is large and functional inside. This is a house that make sense regardless of its shape, form, and cuteness. Our tour guide was immensely knowledgable about everything FLW. We were extremely lucky to listen to a lecture... More

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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 compliments! More

Oceanside, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ever so steeped in historical value and grandeur, Woodlawn Plantation & Pope-Leighey House are a treasure in the Alexandria, VA area. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every visit to this lovely site.

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

So glad you enjoy this site as much as we do! More

Edison, New Jersey
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We enjoyed a great tour of both Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey. The guides were very informative and more than accommodating. Each site is architecturally fascinating despite being from different eras, and because of the distance between them, they do not interfere with each other. Both are well-kept and less traveled than other major historic sites in the area, but that does... More

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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 review! We always consider ourselves a hidden gem! More

Forest, Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Both are completely different houses but nice they are in same location..both are interesting. We visited Friday afternoon with 3 kids ages from 5-12. Everyone was entertained and cannot believe how kids were interested in FLW house. I think it was so different and time capsule like they were very intrigued and good guide. Then the Woodlawn plantation was great... More

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

Thank you for your compliments. Sorry for the difficulties in finding our site. Unfortunately, with the construction on route 1 our new entrance has not been reflected in most GPS devices. Hopefully they will remedy this soon! More

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