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Oatlands Plantation

Route 15, Leesburg, VA 22075
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Ranked #3 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 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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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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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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167 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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17 helpful votes 17 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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Washington DC
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47 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Reserve early for any of their Christmas Teas. They are fun, delicious, beautifully set, visit historic mansion, great photo taking opportunities. It is a family tradition for many years to have Tea at the Oatlands. Thank you.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I grew up in Leesburg in the 60s and 70s when the Pearsons managed the estate and was fortunate to have their daughter as my best friend. Since they also ran the grounds and the mansion, we ran all over the place. Some of my best memories are there. However, we did witness a lady from another time sipping tea... More

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