Oatlands is an historic house that's about 40 miles or so northwest from Washington, DC. It is one of many such houses in the area but has qualities that make it especially interesting. It dates from before the Civil War and the tour guides proudly relate that George Washington ate in the dining room. But there's another room in the house that was probably last decorated in the 1950s that looks like any other upscale space of that era. (It features several huge pieces of Maria Martinez pottery gathered on the family's travels.) One of the women's upstairs bedrooms still has exquisite flapper-era dresses hanging in the closet. It is very much a family home and shows an entire range of history, not just that of its early years.
The gardens are spectacular. Recently there have been lots of new events added at Oatlands which make it even more appealing (concerts, plays, kids' events). Young children will enjoy the outdoor areas. Those with mobility issues may have difficulty with access to the upstairs rooms.
Oatlands is just about fifteen minutes from the town of Leesburg, which is a great destination in itself, complete with unique shops and really good restaurants. The tour guides are knowledgeable and pleasant.
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