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“Mt. Vernon Alternative”

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Ranked #14 of 93 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 30 August 2014

If the crowds at Mt. Vernon are thick you should give this much quieter place serious consideration. Actually, give Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey a visit no matter what. Both houses are worth the price of admission and the house tours are excellent. The tour guide at Woodlawn was exceptionally knowledgeable and entertaining - wish I could remember her name!

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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 and visit! We all know Mount Vernon has an amazing story to tell, that's why so many people go there! However, crowds can be overwhelming for many people. Our guides love your compliments!

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Having just come from Mount Vernon, and having been disappointed, we didn't spect too much from Woodlawn. Instead, we were delighted - the tour guide was well informed, the tour wasn't rushed and we had lots of interesting questions. The house may not be as famous as Mount Vernon, but it is worth visiting.
And the Pope-Leighey house was truly a gem - small and different - Frank Lloyd-Wright in his Usonian phase, and interesting with very good guides. The pairing with Woodlawn worked for us, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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

Thank you for your compliments! We are pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Another Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. A classic Usonian house for architectural buffs like me. For such a deceptively tiny looking house outside, it is large and functional inside. This is a house that make sense regardless of its shape, form, and cuteness. Our tour guide was immensely knowledgable about everything FLW. We were extremely lucky to listen to a lecture that covered so much information I promised myself to see more of his existing works across the USA.

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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 compliments!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Ever so steeped in historical value and grandeur, Woodlawn Plantation & Pope-Leighey House are a treasure in the Alexandria, VA area. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every visit to this lovely site.

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

So glad you enjoy this site as much as we do!

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We enjoyed a great tour of both Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey. The guides were very informative and more than accommodating. Each site is architecturally fascinating despite being from different eras, and because of the distance between them, they do not interfere with each other. Both are well-kept and less traveled than other major historic sites in the area, but that does not detract from their importance! More people should visit these historic gems!

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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! We always consider ourselves a hidden gem!

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