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

Gunston Hall – Built 1759

Mount Vernon – Built 1741

Robert E. Lee boyhood home – Built 1795

Gadsby’s Tavern – Built 1770

Pohick Church – Built 1774

Christ Church – Built 1773

Old Presbyterian Meeting House – Built 1772

Huntley – Built 1825


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Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
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Karen, This is another nice local post. I love the picture  and enjoyed reading the history.

Jun 14, 2012 04:03 AM #1
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Cindy Edwards
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Hi Karen,

Nice post on a great building.  I love the series.  You live in such a historical area and it's a treat to read about and see these gems.

Jun 14, 2012 04:06 AM #2
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Rob Thomas
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Karen,

Such an impressive home... Hard to believe 90 slaves on the property.  But you are lucky to live close to these homes so rich in history!

Have a great day

Rob

Jun 14, 2012 04:22 AM #3
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Bill Gassett
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Karen that is such a gracious looking home! They sure don't build them like that anymore.

Jun 14, 2012 04:59 AM #4
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We are fortunate to live where there is soo much to see and do no?

Jun 14, 2012 05:23 AM #5
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Gita  I enjoy doing these posts

Jun 14, 2012 06:07 AM #6
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Cindy  As long as we visit them we may as well post about them

Jun 14, 2012 06:08 AM #7
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Rob  Of course, GW had many more slaves

Jun 14, 2012 06:09 AM #8
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Bill  I believe they have long forgotten how tp build the,

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Steve  Very fortunate indeed

Jun 14, 2012 06:12 AM #10
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Karen, That is certainly a great looking estate, one very worthy of the Historic Preservation Trusts efforts.  Great background information as well!

Jun 14, 2012 10:38 AM #11
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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.

Jun 14, 2012 08:22 PM #13
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Jennifer  It is a lovely setting and convenient to Mount Vernon

Jun 15, 2012 03:01 AM #14
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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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