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“Two Attractions for One Admission Price. Blind/Visually Impaired Visitor.” 5 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 #15 of 71 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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“Two Attractions for One Admission Price. Blind/Visually Impaired Visitor.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I've actually been here several times. Three times as a sighted person with family. And most recently as a blind guest with my girlfriend. And I'm just now getting around to reviewing it! First, the entrance to the site from Route One has changed. Don't rely on your navigation system unless it's been VERY recently updated. Follow the new signs to the new Woodlawn Road entrance. It's further South, at the new stop light, just before Fort Belvoir. There's plenty of parking in the graveled parking lot, including several spots for handicapped visitors. The parking lot is between the two attractions, so go to the main mansion house FIRST to purchase tickets for both sites. The main mansion house at the Woodlawn Plantation is an ORIGINAL building from the period right after George Washington's death. There's a little bit of furniture in it right now, but it does include some period pieces that are very interesting. The main mansion house is here as an architectural example of the period. And as an example of how people lived during that period. The docents are very good at imparting an idea of what life was like during that period. You enter the main mansion house at the driveway in the "back," and start in the gift shop where tickets are purchased. The tour winds through the house, and returns you to the gift shop area. There are bathroom facilities available, but you have to go around the outside of the house, down some stairs, and they are in the basement. Very clean and modern bathrooms. For the blind/visually impaired traveler, there are MANY stairs in this building, and you will have to go up and down them during the tour. No way to avoid them, and there's no elevator. Be prepared. Be careful, as not all the steps are of the same height. There are handrails. The house is very open, with roped off areas. You will need assistance to help you get through some parts. This is a historic building in every way. The Frank Lloyd Wright house is a short walk from the main mansion house, and it's across the graveled parking lot, on the other side from the main mansion house. You go down the curved paved driveway to the house and wait for a docent to gather up your group for a tour. You can take photos of the outside after the tour. It's very tight inside, so groups are usually pretty small. Very good example of Frank's Usonian Style house. For the blind/visually impaired traveler, there are steps in this house too, but not nearly as many. NO handrails. The hallways are tight, but that means you can put out a hand and "shoreline" along the walls through much of this house. No roped off areas in this house. You should be just fine here on your own. Good way to spend a couple of hours if you're interested in history and architecture. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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“Nice colonial home and Frank Lloyd Wright home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We particularly enjoyed the Wright house. Touring one of his creations is like stepping into a painting. He planned almost everything you see.

Visited October 2012
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Alexandria, VA
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“Quite a contrast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was my first visit to a Frank Lloyd Wright house and I learned quite a bit about him as an architect and what you'd have to put up with if you wanted one of his homes. You can look at photos, but seeing the home in person with a guide is much more meaninful. At Woodlawn I learned more about George & Martha Washington's family. If you've been to Mt Vernon, seeing this house is miss-able but still interesting. Other reviews here give you more detail.

Visited September 2012
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Washington, DC
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“If you enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright, you must see the Pope Leighey House.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had an amazing tour guide and described not only the house but the philosophy and development of Wrights architectural vision. Our guide was able to explain features specific to this house as well as innovations found in other FLW homes.

Visited August 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Frank Lloyd Wright House”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This attraction offers 2 separate houses to view, one Colonial, a former manse of a plantation, which housed relatives of Geo. Washington. This is the lesser of the exhibits. While authentic, the historical value is negligible and property not well restored. The other exhibit, the Pope-Leighey House, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is definitely worth the trip. It was designed by Wright for a mid-level government employee on a tight budget and gives Wright the opportunity to show he can deliver a lot for little compensation. Wonderful example of a structure that’s original and designed to actually be lived in. Both houses have guided tours. Tickets sold separately.

Visited June 2013
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