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Address: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309-1506
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Two houses on the property:

1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on George...

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!

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Different piece of "Washington" history

This is a beautiful federal-era mansion with beautiful grounds. It was the home of Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis. She was Martha Washington's granddaughter and married to George... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2015
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Victoria, Canada
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588 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

First, I need to say that I am sorry that the listing here is for both properties together ... they are very different and can be visited separately. Second, know that you can enter only on timed tour. They set up for a scant-hour tour so that can move from one property to the next, but the one of our... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Director, Site Interpretation & Partnerships at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you for your candid review of our historic site and the nod to our wonderful docents, who do indeed make all the difference. We have worked on that musty smell, which is a result of original fabrics and furnishings in the Pope Leighey house, and hope that we have mitigated that problem. As our site is re-imagined to interpret... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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101 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

This is a beautiful federal-era mansion with beautiful grounds. It was the home of Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis. She was Martha Washington's granddaughter and married to George Washington's nephew. It is located right down the road from Washington's Grist Mill, and not far from Mount Vernon itself. I have always wanted to go here, and had an opportunity this summer.... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Director of Site Interpretation & Partnerships at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our historical site and apologies that you were not thanked much sooner. We are so glad that you visited, because the support of visitors enables us to make improvements to our iconic and beloved houses. We also wanted you to know that we now stock many more items in our gift shop and have... More 

Milwaukee
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112 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Given the generally positive reviews for Woodlawn, our expectations were perhaps too high. While the setting was beautiful (you can see the crowns of poplar trees that GW planted at his Mt. Vernon estate from Woodlawn) and the exterior was very stately, the interior was ok. This estate did have some original family furnishings but otherwise, was rather drab. The... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Director of Site Interpretation & Partnerships at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We appreciate your candid thoughts. The National Trust is making every effort to improve the condition, inside and out, of our iconic and beloved house and we are glad that you were able to visit. One of our first priorities for this season and next is to restore our beautiful gardens to their former glory, and... More 

reston va
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47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

A walk through the years--colonial and early 20th century. We toured Woodlawn first and were treated to a wonderful personalized story of the relations of George Washington. Our tour guide was highly engaging and made the story easily understood in light of the colonial architecture that we were about to see. Details were brought to light that we were unaware... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Director, SIte Interpretation & Partnerships at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Apologies for not thanking you for your wonderful review of our historic property last year. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and want to make sure that you know that we are grateful for our visitors. Through your support, we can make much needed improvements to our special site, and we appreciate your thoughts. Please do come... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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479 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

This attraction includes tours of two very different houses - a large colonial-era plantation and a small, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house. We only had time to tour the Pope-Leighey House. The admission fee is $10 for one house and $15 for both. The Pope-Leighey House is small - just 1200 square feet and 5 rooms - and the tour takes... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Guest Relations Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great review! We would love for you to come back and tour Woodlawn - the two offer such an interesting architectural juxtaposition that you just can't find anywhere else! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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293 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Woodlawn Plantation is located near Mount Vernon and is easily reached by car (off of Route 1.) It is a stately mansion that is beautifully furnished on lovely grounds. A good time to visit is during the annual needlepoint show. The Pope Leighey House is a short walk from the mansion and probably more interesting since it was designed by... More 

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting - we're glad you had time to visit both houses and leave us a positive review! More 

Dumfries, Virginia
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170 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

I recently visited Woodlawn for their first Woodlawn Wednesday, which included a tour of the mansion and outdoor play. This was such a treat. The staff were attentive and they planned ahead for the incoming rain. I can't wait to go back and also tour the Pope Leighey House. Bravo!

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to our first Woodlawn Wednesday Event! We hope to see you for a tour of the Pope-Leighey House and our other events in the future! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

My family went to Woodlawn Plantation after years of passing by it on Rt. 1, and I was pleasantly surprised. The tour guide was very good. I'm not a history buff, but she made it interesting.

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

We are so glad you decided to stop and visit us! We're thrilled that you had an enjoyable experience - Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House are not just for history buffs :) Come back and see us again soon! More 

Farmington, Connecticut
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543 reviews
381 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 554 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

The Pope-Leighy house is small at 1200 square feet; however, it is typical Frank Lloyd Wright style. There's not much to it if you're not a FLW fan, or if you've not had an opportunity to visit an FLW house before. You go over the entire house and are free to wander the outside, though there's not much landscaping to... More 

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

We thank you for your visit. I hope you enjoyed seeing a unique side of Frank Lloyd Wright. His career took him in many directions but typically in a more expensive route. His Usonian design here is truly a different side of Frank. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

The tour at Woodlawn was very interesting with allk tge details relating to Mt. Vernon & George Washington. The tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Pope Leighey home was less well done, and,as fans if Mr. Wright, we knew a lot of the information given was incorrect. This part of the tour moved slowly.

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit. We strive to give people reasons to admire our sites, including continued education for a new and old guides. I hope you come back to see us again soon! More 

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