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“Don't miss Oatlands! It's a great example of history still in the making.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oatlands Plantation

Oatlands Plantation
Route 15, Leesburg, VA 22075
703-777-3174
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Ranked #3 of 36 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: A historic garden property administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Don't miss Oatlands! It's a great example of history still in the making.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

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.

Visited October 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“A gem hidden away in rural Virginia.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I recently went to visit Oatlands plantation and it was a great experience. I highly recommend you plan your visit around their monthly afternoon teas which they hold in their old carriage house. After the tea you can catch a tour of the plantation and then leisurely stroll around the gardens. If you are interested in civil war history, old manor houses, architecture or gardens, this is definitely worth seeing! Absolutely recommend.

Visited July 2012
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Barrow, Alaska
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Great tour as the person knew his history and every detail on the grounds. Without him the visit would have been boring. The garden is the gem of this plantation, however it's not the vegetables that once were there. They've done a great job in maintaining it. The mansion is not the best in regard to history and ornamentation, however it has some great stories. Tours begin on the hour and you must be with a guide in the mansion.

Visited August 2012
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Richmond, VA
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“A National Trust Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Do old house tours, civil war, history or beautiful gardens interest you? Oatlands has it all!

The house is over 200 years old. There are civil war connections to the land. The builders family goes back to the early days of the Virginia Colony.

The gardens are a four acre gem. The green house is the second oldest in the USA!

This is worth a day trip from Washington DC!

Visited August 2012
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Frederick, Maryland
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“Educational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This was a very pretty and informative place to visit. It is good if you are interested in history. Children will definitely learn a lot if you want to bring your family. Groups are best.

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