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Oatlands Plantation

Route 15, Leesburg, VA 22075
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Ranked #4 of 50 Attractions in Leesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A historic garden property administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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112 reviews 112 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Our group really loved this hidden gem in Leesburg. After enjoying lunch downtown we ventured out to the Oatlands for a tour of the home. The gardens were a bonus. We had no idea how well developed they are. The gift shop is well inventoried and they have teas on site during special days. Our guided tour was with Doug,... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Looking for something to do on a great autumn afternoon in DC, my wife and I took the hour long journey to Oatlands plantation, and were happy we did. The mansion and grounds are lovingly well preserved, and Jim, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable of the home's history. We were very interested to learn how Oatlands control change from... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

When looking for a wedding venue, we fell in love with Oatlands. We took a tour in mid-August -- and the property is beautiful, and our guide, Doug was phenomenal. He told us to get in touch with Andrea when she got back from vacation the following week about negotiating a price and setting a date. We left Andrea a... More

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Alexandria, VA
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507 reviews 507 reviews
242 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Oatlands is a beautiful mansion, built initially by Robert Carter in the early part of the 18th century and then restored and expanded by his relatives in the latter part of that century. The process continued under the tutelage of a long line of family and non-family members with the current house in very fine shape inside and out.... More

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Oatlands is another of the many Virginia properties that belonged to Robert “King” Carter, once known as “the richest man in America. When he died in 1732 he left 300,000 acres and over 1000 slaves. His grandson Robert III (who inherited a large portion of the estate) proceeded to emancipate all 500 of his slaves. His son George, who came... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A wonderful trip back in time! Oatlands, and the families who have lived there, has a remarkable history and the guide I had was terrific. She told many personal stories about the families, and remarkable family connections, that brought life to the tour. The home is filled with original furnishings and the gardens are beautiful. Stroll the grounds. Listen to... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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247 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We enjoyed our visit here. The guided tour of the house and grounds was very informative. Everything was beautifully done!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My tour guide was quite informed and enthusiastic. Despite the hot weather she kept my attention and I learned quite a lot about the original owners, The Carters. In an effort to be "politically correct", the roadway sign actually states that the property is the Oatlands House and Gardens. Using the word 'plantation' versus 'house' is fine. It perfectly describes... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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286 reviews 286 reviews
176 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

great place to learn the history of the area and learn how things were done back in the day. went here on school field trips. now that i am older, i appreciate it more.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

What a beautiful gem near D.C! We took our own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds of the plantation before heading up to the house and garden. The afternoon was perfect for walking, playing catch with a ball, reading a book or just sitting and enjoying the warm sun and light breeze. Once we got to the house, we... More

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