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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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Toured Woodlawn & PopeLeighey house

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Terry H
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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 

Arlington, Virginia
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138 reviews 138 reviews
45 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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138 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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331 attraction reviews
318 helpful votes 318 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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 

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