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“Contrast in Housing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House
9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
+1 703-780-4000
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Ranked #13 of 70 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: Two houses on the property: 1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on George Washington's property for his step-granddaughter Nelly and her husband Lawrence. Starting off as 2,000 acre plantation built in 1800, the house went through a number of interesting owners before becoming the first site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 2. Frank Lloyd Wright is practically a household name these days, but this small Usonian house was a unique design of his. Originally built in 1940 in Falls Church, VA; this house is a true example of preservation-in-action!
Alexandria, Virginia
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“Contrast in Housing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a difference in what design can make, the big stately, classical colonial of Nelly Custis, and the Frank Loyd Wright bungalow, with it's Pullman car inspired hallways. Be sure to add to your trip to Mount Vernon. The gardens are lovely in spring time and summer. A great place to just enjoy the day.

Visited July 2012
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Alexandria,VA
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“Woodlawn Plantation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A beautiful Mansion, tastefully appointed, in a beautiful parklike location. Learn about George Washington's family lifestyle, and compare with Frank Lloyd Wright's view of post WW II housing.
In March, the yearly Needlework exhibit is an added attraction well worth the visit on its own.
The park offers picnic tables and a play area for children to enjoy during warmer months.

Visited March 2013
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“Good Luck if you want to visit Woodlawn!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We attempted to visit the Woodlawn plantation after a year of renovations on Monday March 26th. The DC area had a "major" snowstorm of about a half of an inch. We visited Woodlawn at 10:30AM with the hope of taking a tour. We were greeted by a worker who was shoveling the large amount of snow. She informed us the mansion was closed until 12:00PM. She informed us this was due to their schedule which follows the Fairfax count yschool system schedule. Has anyone heard of this type of a schedule? We live in NJ and have looked forward to visiting the mansion for over a year. We will attempt to visit again when the weather is perfect.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Another superior example of Wright's imagination and vision! This Usonian house has an interesting history -- it's been physically moved twice, first because of the construction of an interstate highway and second because of the soil onto which it was moved. The house is small but is design is imaginative. Our tour guide for the Pope-Leighey house was excellent and clearly was enthusiastic about being able o be a guide. The guided tour is about 30 minutes (and there is a tour every 30 minutes).

Visited March 2013
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“For the Frank-o-phile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

If you love the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, this is a definite destination. It's tucked away in a wooded area, with the surrounding landscape preserved to compliment the building. The size of this house is surprisingly small but would best be described as cozy and intimate. It isn't hard to imagine this as your hideaway in the mountains! It's on a property known as Woodlawn which has additional architecture and grounds to discover. The property once belonged to George Washington and was part of the Mt. Vernon estate. It was given to his nephew. The Georgian/Federal mansion was built by the architect of the U.S. Capitol. It is the first historic site of the National Trust. Events and lectures are on the calendar. Open March- mid December.
Good for families with older children, friends or on your own.

Visited November 2012
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