Woodlawn - In The Shadow Of Washington's Mount Vernon

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Woodlawn Alexabdria VA

Originally part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, Woodlawn was a 2,000 acre estate that was owned by Washington's Nephew Major Lawrence Lewis and his wife, Eleanor "Nelly" Custer Lewis.

Dr. William Thornton, architect of the US Capitol, designed the federal style home. Construction began in 1800 and was completed in 1805. During the Lewis' ownership the plantation work was done by more than 100 workers, 90 of whom were slaves.

In 1846 the home was sold to two Northern families opposed to slavery who sold farm lots to free black and white farmers.

Severely damaged by an 1896 hurricane the home was in serious disrepair. A succession of private owners during the 20th century restored it to its' early beauty. In 1952 Woodlawn and the remaining 126 acre estate became the property of The National Trust For Historic Preservation.

The home is currently undergoing window restoration and is closed to the public until March, 2013.


Also visit my other posts about some of the most historic homes, buildings and churches in colonial Virginia

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Huntley – Built 1825


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Tony  We have actually entertained clients for Christmas at Woodlawn Plantation

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Karen what a beautiful house.   I am sure the public can hardly wait until 2013 to view it.  Thanks for the historical facts you share.

June 14, 2012 08:22 PM
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Jennifer  It is a lovely setting and convenient to Mount Vernon

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Karen, thanks for the heads up and I really enjoyed your historical account of this very impressive mansion so close to Mt. Vernon!  So glad that individuals and the National Historic Preservation Trust came to the rescue of this impressive structure!

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Bruce  We are fortunate to have so many buildinfs that were saved and restored

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