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Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Ranked #11 of 92 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Tucked away on the plantation is one of the architecturally most interesting places in DC. It's a fascinating view into Lloyd-Wright's work, so thought through and so beautiful in all its simplicity.

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2014

Thank you so much for your review, glad that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I have done this tour 3 times when I have out-of-town visitors. Very close to Mt. Vernon which is so crowded- this tour is usually small and personal. If you love historic architecture of any kind this is the place to visit. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Pope-Leighey house is classic FLW while the large, grand Woodlawn plantation is a beautiful restoration similar in style to Mt. Vernon. The guides to both tours are very informative and always seem to enjoy questions. Tickets are available at the plantation and are extremely reasonable. Just a great way to spend some time!

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2014

Thank you so much for your kind words. The drastic difference between the houses helps me appreciate different things about each style.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

This tour is a must see along with Mount Vernon. Would go to Mount Vernon first thing in the day to avoid the crowds in the afternoon. This tour is not as crowded and the tour guide was very informative. You also get the added bonus of a Frank Lloyd Wright house on the same location

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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2014

Thank you, we are glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

At this site, you can tour the Woodlawn plantation house, designed by the first Architect of the Capitol to dominate it's location, and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey house designed to fit into its location. The Wright house is very small, and was designed to be built for about $5000, although the actual cost balooned to about $7000.

I would suggest buying the combination ticket to take the guided tour of both homes. The guide for the Pope house was good, but the guide for Woodlawn was outstanding, one of the best guides we've seen anywhere.

They appear to have moved the entrance, so your GPS maps may not be reliable. Watch for the signs marking the entrance, and drive past the Quaker Meeting House to the visitors parking lot.

Buy your tickets for both homes at the Woodlawn gift shop, where the tour of that mansion begins and ends.

3  Thank Staten_Islander
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EHosier, Front Office Manager at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2014

Thank you for your rave review! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Bought the cookbook years ago while visiting Mt. Vernon. Good to visit both places while in the area An excellant way to spend a day for a those interested in real historical places and moods.

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