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Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House

Address: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone Number: 703 780 4000
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Ranked #6 of 32 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Historic home of Martha Washington's granddaughter given as a wedding present by President George...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Fri - Mon 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Historic home of Martha Washington's granddaughter given as a wedding present by President George Washington.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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98 reviews 98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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454 reviews 454 reviews
265 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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 

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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468 reviews 468 reviews
271 attraction reviews
933 helpful votes 933 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 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
2 reviews
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 

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