I have done these tours about fifteen years ago, but went again to take my teenage sons. Our purpose was really to see the Frank Lloyd Wright house, but since they offer a combination admission for Woodlawan as well, we did both.
Our tour of Woodlawn was only a handful of people, and our group asked a lot of questions. I think it is a key part of making tours like this good-ASK QUESTIONS. Our docent really knew a lot about the history, including the Quakers, and Woodlawn's status as a Freeman's Plantation.
A short walk through the grounds takes you down to where they relocated the PLH to save it from the construction of I-66 in the early 1960s. It really is a fascinating place to visit. We enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the tour-sitting in the living room, and looking through the kitchen cabinets and even seeing inside the fridge. Again, it was another great group, a great docent and we learned a lot.
Both homes receive NO FEDERAL FUNDING. They depend on donations and funds raised from tours, so consider visiting these lesser-known historic attractions in the D.C. area.
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