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“Loved the Pope-Leighey House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House
9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
703 780 4000
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Ranked #13 of 38 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: Historic home of Martha Washington's granddaughter given as a wedding present by President George Washington.
Williamsville
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“Loved the Pope-Leighey House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

If you like architecture in general and Frank Lloyd Wright in particular, you must visit the Pope-Leighey House. It is a great Usonian home! The in-depth tour we took was very enjoyable and enlightening, although I'm certain that the basic tour would be great as well. We also enjoyed Woodlawn and had a great docent for that tour, but the hightlight had to be the Pope-Leighey House. It's well worth a visit!

Visited October 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Worth a Look”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

I have done these tours about fifteen years ago, but went again to take my teenage sons. Our purpose was really to see the Frank Lloyd Wright house, but since they offer a combination admission for Woodlawan as well, we did both.

Our tour of Woodlawn was only a handful of people, and our group asked a lot of questions. I think it is a key part of making tours like this good-ASK QUESTIONS. Our docent really knew a lot about the history, including the Quakers, and Woodlawn's status as a Freeman's Plantation.

A short walk through the grounds takes you down to where they relocated the PLH to save it from the construction of I-66 in the early 1960s. It really is a fascinating place to visit. We enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the tour-sitting in the living room, and looking through the kitchen cabinets and even seeing inside the fridge. Again, it was another great group, a great docent and we learned a lot.

Both homes receive NO FEDERAL FUNDING. They depend on donations and funds raised from tours, so consider visiting these lesser-known historic attractions in the D.C. area.

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Arlington, VA
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“Pope-Leighey house was GREAT, but you can pass on Woodlawn”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2009

Thoroughly enjoyed the FLW house. I'm not even a big architecture fan, but it was fascinating. I definitely recommend it, even to those who think they wouldn't be interested.
On the same property is the Woodlawn Plantation, which was given to a nephew of George Washington's in his era. The story of the Woodlawn house they tell in the tour is quite boring, actually. The kicker is that there is a more interesting history later on that is not included on the tour, regarding Quakers who bought the property and made it into a multiracial, free man's working farm before the Civil War. This part of the story is really what would make Woodlawn stand out since it doesn't have a very interesting history otherwise...but they don't even mention it. Sort of a boring tour about distant Washington relatives who really didn't do much - this is no Mt Vernon or Monticello. Anyway, they could make it interesting, but they don't. On the positive side, the house is pretty, and the property very peaceful.

Long story short I do NOT recommend buying the combination ticket that gives you entry to both houses, it is a waste of money. Only pay for and visit the Frank Lloyd Wright portion of the tour.

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Essex England
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“Loved the Frank Lloyd house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

Well worth a visit. We wanted to tour the Frank Lloyd home and drove into Woodlawn. You purchase a ticket there then walk quite a distance to the house where you are given a guided tour. It lasts around 30 minutes. It's very quirky and enjoyable to visit. I'm sure all family members would be interested. We visited Mount Vernon and at the end of the road, it's the Woodlawn estate so it's ideal to combine both on a trip.

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bethesda, md
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“Pope-Leighey House closed in January and February”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2007

if you do plan to visit this charming modern Wright property, read the website very carefully. You may think that there are special hours for March-December. Then again, you'll probably want to know that the place is CLOSED in JANUARY and FEBRUARY.

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