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“An important, but underappreciated, historic site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Abingdon Plantation

Abingdon Plantation
Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Alexandria, VA
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Ranked #52 of 69 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: Built around 1741, this plantation links a modern area to the colonial past; what remains is on the grounds of Washington's National Airport just north of Alexandria.
Washington, D.C., area
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“An important, but underappreciated, historic site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This historic site contains the reconstructed remnants of an old house and its external kitchen, which are located the top of a hill visible from Metrorail's Blue and Orange lines. The site contains a number of signs and photographs that illustrate and explain the history of the Abingdon Plantation. This 18th - 19th century plantation was associated with both George Washington and his family and the Alexander family, for whom the City of Alexandria is named.

The historical site is open to the public during daytime hours. It is near the south entrance to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and is between two of the airport's parking garages (Garage B and Garage B/C). Nevertheless, few people visit it.

See the Wikipedia article entitled "Abingdon (Plantation)" at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abingdon_(plantation) for more information about this important historical site.

Visited April 2014
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“A commemoration rather than a site to visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

OK, it's just a plaque on a grassy hill at the airport, but this helps visitors to understand what life was like during the early 19th century. The economic viability of the plantation system was always based on slave labor. When slavery was abolished, the old plantations, including Abingdon, failed economically, and they hadn't really done well before. When we see National Airport, we rarely think of the plantation system, of slavery, of the civil war, and the end of the plantation economy. That a plaque can remind us of that sad part of our history is a good thing, even without someone putting in a reproduction of a plantation house.

It's not worth a special trip unless you're going to National Airport anyway. If you're going to the airport, and particularly if you're going to rent a car since it's next to the car rental, read the plaque and imagine a northern Virginia with plantations based on slave labor. We shouldn't forget our history.

Visited December 2012
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“Kind on an insult”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012 via mobile

Ok, this is really weird, the "plantation" is actually just a plaque at the bottom of a hill where the plantation used to be....not only that it is fenced off so you can't climb the hill only see the plaque...on top of that it is located between 2 parking lots. You can see it if you walk from the rental car drop off to terminal C.
Why they bothered to do this or even list this as a thing to do I don't know....unless you are into scavenger hunts. This is like one of those really obscure things on the amazing race.

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