Oatlands Historic House & Garden

Oatlands Historic House & Garden

Oatlands Historic House & Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A historic garden property administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We are currently closed for our off season, but will reopen to the public on April 18, 2019.
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1-2 hours
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  • Tom M
    1 contribution
    You will learn a lot.
    If you are looking for a 2 hour+ horticultural / architectural / historical outing than I highly recommend a visit to Oatland Plantation in Leesburg VA. Our tour guide Judith - 8th generation American (who’s last name we never knew, but could have been Adams, or Madison, or Jefferson, any of the other Founding Fathers) blended our tour of the extensive gardens with a history of the landscape and each renovated building, its function, as well as its architecture in minute detail. The image she painted left a vivid picture of what life was like on this plantation 200+ years ago. The image was so clear that we fully expected to round a bend or a hedge and come face to face with one of its original owners. You will not be disappointed!
    Written August 31, 2021
  • Robin B
    Phoenix, Arizona1,303 contributions
    Interesting family history
    This is another plantation, but with an extensive and interesting family history attached to it. We spent about 1-1/2 hours on a docent led tour exploring the home. Most of the tour focused on the family and was spent on the lower level of the home. Then the upstairs was pretty much a self-guided tour of the bedrooms. There are terraced gardens, which we didn’t spend much time exploring because it was a warm day and we were hungry. Well worth a visit.
    Written September 25, 2022
  • csserious2
    Chantilly, Virginia779 contributions
    On a hot Fathers Day
    We decided have our picnic on a very hot Fathers Day and take a tour of the mansion, which we found was closed. The garden behind the mansion was nice and worth taking a look. There were hardly any visitors, which was understandable given the weather and folks taking their Dads to restaurants where it is much cooler. Is it worth few hours to half a day? Depends on what you like and what you want to do. It was my first time to see a plantation, and perhaps it was worth it. However, with any plantation, the history may not be sparkling and joyful.
    Traveled with family
    Written June 20, 2021
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Judith T
Washington DC, DC71 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited Oatlands on a wet Friday afternoon, looking forward to our architectural tour. Judith, our guide, was not daunted by the rain, and we started out with umbrellas. Judith was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and was able to give us more than just the information about Oatlands' architecture, as she is one of the senior guides and gives all the kinds of tours Oatlands offers. But as an architect herself, she seems to have a special place in her heart for the architecture tour.

Architecture is a good entry into the life and culture of Oatlands, and of George Carter, who built the house and designed the plantation that surrounds it. We learned about the subtle differentiations between doors that the enslaved people used and the doors for the owners and their guests, and about the strikingly different buildings built from the same plans the same year, but by different people. We saw the subtle ways cornices and jutting walls indicated the status of the people who lived at Oatlands.
In all, it was a wonderful tour, and we thank the Oatlands staff for their excellent work.
Written August 22, 2021
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Miller
Lake Worth, FL3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We ended up at Oatland to kill some time, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The site is beautiful. The two mile trail was easily navigated, even in flip flops! Well maintained and a must see when in Savannah.
Written October 11, 2021
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angelaP4617TJ
Burke, VA2 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
We visited Oatland as part of the Fall color tour. What a disappointment! They advertise park open Free. We walked to the mansion and were rudely told you need TICKETS! and the tour guide slammed the door in our face,. They obviously advertise this event as free to lure you there so they can collect some money..Very unethical for a historical society. Just so it wasn't a total waste of time I wandered into the gift shop. The women behind the counter grunted at me and the girl out on the floor just looked at me with disdain. What an awful place save your money and go somewhere else!
Written October 20, 2014
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Meade S
Richmond, VA28 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
As another reviewer stated, the term "historic house and gardens" is a means to be politically correct. This was very much a working plantation during the early 19th Century. It grew wheat and tobacco, and "oats" as, the name implies. Many slaves worked here, and great deal of them were freed! I grew up in Loudoun County, and this is a must see if you want to get a feel for the Tidewater roots of Loudoun County . Loudoun County, originally part of Virginia's "Northern Neck"- also one of the northern most counties in the Confederacy, it was settled largely by English and Tidewater planters, Quakers, some Germans, and Scotch Irish, as well as those of African descent.

Growing up, our family went to the "point to point" hunt races at Oatlands. Its a great display of "hunt country". Oatlands is much more typical of a working Virginia plantation historically than Movern Park or other historic sites in the area. The grounds are exceptional. You will find many interesting plants , as well as Virginia and English boxwood. They smell wonderfully. Its a great place to have a picnic. Christmas time is probably the best time to visit- the house is usually decorated in the Victorian style. Last time I went , the girl who have the tour was very easy on the eyes!
Written July 31, 2017
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Ginevra W
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Business
I would give Oatlands a ZERO STARS if I could because I am so disappointed with the management there. After meeting with the event coordinator and paying for the event seven months in advance, their management decided to cancel our event two weeks prior with only an email for notice. We found it very difficult to get a response as to why the event had been cancelled. We had 80 people coming to this event, and we had to hustle to find a new venue with very little lead time. I would refer anyone to Rust Manor. They were lovely and accommodating. I am embarrassed by how Oatlands treated our group.
Written October 2, 2018
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sierrarosessalman
Fairfax, VA1 contribution
Feb 2018 • Business
If I could give zero stars I would. I booked this venue for an event in February. We signed a contract and had a very indepth conversation with the event coordinator about our event. On September 2nd, I got an email (not a call which would have been appropriate) simply stating that they were cancelling our event. This was two weeks before our event was about to happen. Of course, I panicked and called numerous times with no response. Finally, at the end of the day the manager of the property calls me. By this time both myself and my event team for our group have called over 20 places in a panic to get our group a place to have our event in two weeks. The manager casually says that he might be able to get us off site but hardly apologies. Very disappointed especially as a history buff. I would expect that when someone cancels an event on you at their location that they give you the decency to at least call first and then email with a follow up. I would NOT recommend Oatlands for your event unless you want the chance that they might cancel last minute on you.
Written September 25, 2018
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Umpireallie
Waveland, AR39 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Oatlands is a beautiful home and grounds with a wonderful garden and history but doesn't seem to be managed very well as far as touring. There is one tour per day for the enslaved quarters, hourly tours of the main house and everything else is self guided from a crummy little photocopied paper. Our tour guide while very knowledgable about history was a bit on the over talkative side.
Nice spot but could use some changes in management
Written June 30, 2015
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Tom T
Ashburn, VA5 contributions
We followed GPS and entered a different section of the plantation and encountered a very rude cartridge driver.

It seems this place is badly managed.

Written May 25, 2015
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susan c
Fairfax, VA5 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
We couldn't wait to have tea since its always sold out around the holidays. We had original reservations for 8 then I called 5 days before to let them know the number was down to 4 due to work schedules. We were then told the food was already ordered so we would be responsible for paying for those other 4 people. This was NOT related to us when we originally booked and told the person on the phone that we would call back to confirm a few days before. So tea for 4 of us was 228.00!.We were seated for 20 minutes and had to ask twice to be served. The scones were cold, hard and crumbly. The bread on the finger sandwiches was hard and stale like they have been sitting out for awhile. The desserts were lemon squares and maybe raspberry squares that were just like that box mix by Krusteze. Magic Cookies bars ( my kids made these when the were little) rounded out the desserts....nothing like the homemade tasting treats we have had at teas at other places. We wanted to walk around the grounds but were told we had to pay and have a ticket, At Rosemount, the tea was in the manor house itself and we had free rein to go where ever we wanted..even the upstairs rooms. This was such a huge disappointment..will not go back again.
Written December 1, 2013
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Schufly
Wisconsin21 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
Happened to come across this on a trip to Virginia. It was well worth the $12. We spend approx. three hours there. We took the tour, which I found very informative, and I loved
looking through the house and hearing the history of the plantation. The gardens were also beautiful!
Written June 7, 2012
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