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Address: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, West of the Historic Lobby in Terminal A, Alexandria, VA 22202
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Built around 1741, this plantation links a modern area to the colonial...

Built around 1741, this plantation links a modern area to the colonial past; what remains is on the grounds of Washington's National Airport just north of Alexandria.

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Hidden history of Virginia

DCA a.k.a. Ronald Reagan National Airport hides a hidden gem of colonial history. In 1778, John Parke Custis (nicknamed "Jacky"), the son of Daniel Parke Custis and Martha... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
Morgan-Ward
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

DCA a.k.a. Ronald Reagan National Airport hides a hidden gem of colonial history. In 1778, John Parke Custis (nicknamed "Jacky"), the son of Daniel Parke Custis and Martha Washington and the stepson of George Washington, purchased Abingdon. If you have the time it is a wonderful small trip or diversion to learn a little about the origins of the area.... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Got time on your hands at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport? How about a little walk and some history? Go to the Historic Lobby in Terminal A (at one time this was the whole airport.) It features a great view of the airport and of the Potomac River. Just off the Historic Lobby is the Exhibit Hall with displays on... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Located a short walk outside of terminal B, it's such great history to see and envision that the land the airport is on used to be a plantation. It's basically a plaque and a grassy area, but it's history.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Abingdon Plantation ... what's left of it ... sits in the middle of two major parking garages across from the main terminal at Washington National Airport. The history is most interesting but there is little left to see. Like so many other historic locations in major cities, development has taken away much of the impact of Abingdon. Good to know... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

If you find yourself at the airport with extra time while waiting to meet someone or after parting from them, walk into Garage A and follow the signs. This is a ruin with some foundations visible and informative historic markers. If you have an interest in colonial Virginia or the Washington family, then this is a site that should be... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

It's just basically a plaque on the ground, which is unfortunate considering the historic significance. Can't really see it from your car. Would have been nice if there was a plaque or historic marker of some kind around the cell phone waiting area or the Mount Vernon Trail. There would be a lot more foot traffic that way.

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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

Set between two parking garages at National Airport, Abingdon Plantation is a short walk from the terminals. It looks out over the Potomac and the extensive land that was the original plantation built in the late 17th century and then expanded throughout the 18th century. The contrast between life in the early colonial period of America and the bustling 21st... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

If you find yourself with an hour or more to kill between flights at Reagan National, there's a bit of colonial history wedged between two of the parking garages opposite Terminals B and C. Abingdon was once a thriving plantation whose grounds extended to the Potomac, over much of the airport's current site. Because the main house of Abingdon burned... More 

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Washington, D.C., area
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

This historic site contains the reconstructed remnants of an old house and its external kitchen, which are located the top of a hill visible from Metrorail's Blue and Orange lines. The site contains a number of signs and photographs that illustrate and explain the history of the Abingdon Plantation. This 18th - 19th century plantation was associated with both George... More 

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Saint Louis
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2012

OK, it's just a plaque on a grassy hill at the airport, but this helps visitors to understand what life was like during the early 19th century. The economic viability of the plantation system was always based on slave labor. When slavery was abolished, the old plantations, including Abingdon, failed economically, and they hadn't really done well before. When we... More 

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