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“Peaceful and Historical” 4 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 #6 of 32 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Historic home of Martha Washington's granddaughter given as a wedding present by President George Washington.
Centreville, Virginia
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“Peaceful and Historical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I've been coming to this location for as long as I've lived in the area (10-15 years?) I like to come throughout the week when it's less crowded and you can walk the grounds. I've always enjoyed the gardens at the plantation and there is something so very comforting to me whenever I tour the Pope-Leighey House. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2012
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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“Pope-Leighey House worth the trip, but you can skip Woodlawn.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright then visit this unique house. The tour had a passionate architect guide to show us around. We also have to mention his great sidekick Diego Rivera the puppy. You cannot take pictures inside the house, but you are able to walk the grounds and take as many as you like outside.

Visited June 2012
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“Unique Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

My mom is a big fan of architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. I live just 20 minutes from Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighy House and never realized it was there. It sits back off of the main road (Route 1/Richmond Highway). Due to a staff shortage they were not doing tours that day, but my mom and I were able to venture around the grounds. They were doing construction on the Plantation house so we explored the area around the Pope-Leighy House. Truly an amazing piece of work. We were able to look in the windows and see most everything that the tour would provide.

It was neat to see something that has been so close, but I've never really noticed until recently. We plan to visit Falling Water and Kentuck Knob this summer.

If you are a fan of Wright's work, I suggest you check this out!

Visited April 2012
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oxford, UK
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“Woodlawn in restoro, Pope-Leighey excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

You need a car to get here, although it is only about 5 miles from George Washington's house at Mount Vernon,which is well served by the 101 bus. The smallish Woodlawn House was being renovated, so we couldn't go in, the gardens were uncared for and there was nothing to see there, so if you want to see Woodlawn, check before you go. However, if you are interested in Frank Lloyd Wright and his Pope-Leighey house, that was an hour's excellent tour. It is a small house but the guide gave so much information on the architect and how he had done things and how he clashed with his clients all the time, it was very informative and interesting indeed. A good precursor to going to see Fallingwater. And the tour groups were very small, unlike Fallingwater.

Visited April 2012
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“Half a loaf - just poor timing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We've seen a lot of colonial mansions, so we went out for the Frank Lloyd Wright house - good thing. We walked up to the ticket office in the Woodlawn mansion and laughed when we saw the colonial mansion under renovation - plywood over the windows and doors, the grounds not well kept, etc.

Fortunately, the ticket office clerk was out getting coffee - no heat in the building - and the guide who was babysitting the office greeted us. We talked for a while since the next door wasn't for 35 minutes. She noticed my interest in looking into the mansion through an open door to the mansion and walked us around. There was no furniture and a couple walls were in disrepair, but she told us some of the story and enabled us to see the wonderfully different curving stairway in the Main Hall, unusual for a Federal style home. The rear window shutters were open for light and it's filtering into the 1st floor rooms was reminiscent of my imagining of the 18th century.

The clerk returned and the guide left for the Pope-Leighey house across the grounds. We bought out tickets and made our way across. The guide was excellent with a down-to-earth version of the tour speech, answering questions all through her presentation to the seven of us, offering the canned content along with her own thoughts on points and in response to our questions. Some people will say it's just a house, but the thought that went into the design, the features built into it, the purposes for the decisions, and the results are very interesting and get you to thinking about your own home.

The only downside was that the guide had to restart her show three times for people arriving a few moments late. We suggested they take the proceeds from that one tour group and buy a pair of walkie-talkies to communicate over the quarter mile between the house and the ticket office so she will know when there are others coming.

It's worth the 8 mile, 15 minutes drive south on Route 1 out of Alexandria.

Visited April 2012
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