Woodlawn Plantation

Woodlawn Plantation

Woodlawn, a National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark, is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities.

We have a small, full-time professional staff and approximately 40 part-time volunteers, who work in all aspects of the site’s operations. Woodlawn shares its advisory board, as well as its site, with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House. The Advisory Board is appointed by the President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and supports the site’s growth and success through community relations; advocacy; fundraising and implementation of the site’s strategic plan.

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Hours

Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House are open from April to December,  Friday through Monday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
We are not open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Woodlawn:
Adults: $10
Students (K-12): $6
Seniors (62+)/Active Military with ID: $8
5 & under free

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Pope-Leighey House:
 Adults: $15
 Students (K-12): $7.50
 Seniors (62+)/Active Military with ID: $12
 5 & under free

Combination Ticket (both houses):
 Adults: $20
 Students (K-12): $11
 Seniors (62+)/Active Military with ID: $18
 5 & under free

History

Woodlawn was the home of Lawrence Lewis, George Washington's nephew and his wife, Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis, Martha Washington's granddaughter. The Georgian-style mansion was designed by William Thornton and built between 1800 and 1805. Owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. National Register site. Open: Open daily March through December; weekends only in January and February with group tours by appointment. 

Built in 1805, this grand house overlooking the Potomac River was a gift from George Washington to his nephew Major Lawrence Lewis and his wife Eleanor "Nelly" Custis. A granddaughter of Martha Washington, Nelly was raised at Mount Vernon as part of the First Family. Fittingly, the President asked Dr. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, to design a new house for the young couple and provided 2,000 acres of his estate. Woodlawn interprets the life of the Lewis family as well as enslaved and free African Americans.

Activities

Tours, Annual Holiday Tea

Facilities

Woodlawn Plantation and Frank Lloyd-Wright's Pope-Leighey House.

Accessibility

For people with disabilities: The first floor rooms are accessible.   Your guide will provide an album with images and information on the second floor spaces.

Pets

While visiting Woodlawn, no dogs are allowed unattended on the property or in vehicles.

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