VA -- Leesburg -- Oatlands Plantation:
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- OAT_051002_152.JPG: Added in the late 1930s, the reflecting pool is protected by "The Fawn", a sculpture created by Italian sculptor Attilio Piccirilli.
- OAT_051002_176.JPG: The "dependencies," the size of normal houses, were added in 1820 and take care of the gardeners and such.
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- Wikipedia Description: Oatlands Plantation
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Oatlands Plantation is an estate located in Leesburg, Virginia. Oatlands is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. The Oatlands property is comprised of the main mansion and 260 acres of farmland and gardens.
Oatlands Plantation was established by George Carter in 1798 on 3,408 acres of farmland. It started as a wheat farm, but expanded to include other grains, sheep, a gristmill and a saw mill, and a vineyard. In 1803 Carter began construction of a Federal mansion, which he expanded in the 1820s and 1830s. He also built a terraced garden and numerous outbuildings.
In 1897 the Carter family sold the mansion with 60 acres to Stilson Hutchins, founder of the Washington Post newspaper, who never lived on the property.
Hutchins sold Oatlands in 1903 to Mr. and Mrs. William Corcoran Eustis. Mrs. Eustis restored the gardens from neglect, adding boxwood-lined parterres to the terraces, statuary, a rose garden, a bowling green, and a reflecting pool. Today her plantings include mature specimens of Buxus sempervirens `Arborescens’ and `Suffruticosa’, Larix decidua, and Quercus robur.
After Mrs. Corcoran's death in 1964, her daughters donated the mansion, furnishings, and estate grounds to the National Trust.
Oatlands is opened for visitation March 30 through December 30 of each year. An admission fee is charged.
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