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Address: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309-1506
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+1 703-780-4000
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Fri - Mon 12:00 - 16:00

Two houses on the property:

1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on George...

Two houses on the property:

1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on George Washington's property for his step-granddaughter Nelly and her husband Lawrence. Starting off as 2,000 acre plantation built in 1800, the house went through a number of interesting owners before becoming the first site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

2. Frank Lloyd Wright is practically a household name these days, but this small Usonian house was a unique design of his. Originally built in 1940 in Falls Church, VA; this house is a true example of preservation-in-action!

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Two very different homes

The guides in both houses were excellent and very knowledgeable. Woodlawn needs some restoration work, but most old houses do. The contrast between the two properties is very... read more

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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guides in both houses were excellent and very knowledgeable. Woodlawn needs some restoration work, but most old houses do. The contrast between the two properties is very interesting to see. I would go again because you would always see something different. Do take the tours they are well worth it. The road construction made the journey a little difficult... More 

Thank 25lilith
Somers Point, New Jersey
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120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Falling Water and since we were in Alexandria.we checked out this house. A bit too small and claustrophobic for us but and interesting housing concept.

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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The two properties are quite the dichotomy. One (Woodlawn) is a house built around the turn of the19th Century for the family of George Washington while the other (Pope-Leighey) was designed by a world-renowned architect for a newspaper employee. There are signs but you otherwise would not know it is there which is a shame it isn't more notable from... More 

Thank Dewayne P
Chicago, Illinois
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2,830 reviews
1,127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,851 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to visit Woodlawn Plantation, once part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and one of the few surviving plantation houses in the Washington, D.C., area, and were pleasantly surprised to learn that a visit to the adjacent Pope-Leighey House, a one-of-a-kind architectural treasure built by Frank Lloyd Wright built in 1940, came with the tour package. Don't miss... More 

Thank Taylor B
Baltimore, Maryland
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The dual historic homes of Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House are a one-of-a-kind architectural treasure. Either would be worth a visit by themselves but, presented in the same area, they are even more dramatic because of the contrast of styles. The Woodlawn Plantation is one of the few surviving plantation homes in the DC area. It is not the most... More 

Thank casallese
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Pope Leahy Frank Lloyd Wright House is a wonderful place to see. It's simplicity, the setting and the quality of the guides. It's so unassuming and yet so fabulous. For lovers of architecture or even just the swonder of simplicity and design might enjoy this immensely.

Thank Denise K
United States
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450 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

the house is well preserved with plenty of parking, it is an historical home and it is important to the founding fathers history story,

Thank drudol
Pompano Beach, Florida
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71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

First, do see both houses for the contrast. But the gem is the Pope-Leighey House. A classic example of Wright's Usonian vision for the American family home, lovingly preserved after having to be relocated 3 times over the last 70 years. Note the lower ceilings and clever use of space. Worth the drive from DC.

Columbia, South Carolina
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73 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Woodlawn is a beautiful house w/a great history. However, the main event for me was the Pope-Leighey House. This was my very first visit to a Frank Lloyd Wright house and it was everything I thought it would be & more! The tour guide was very knowledgeable & one could tell that she adored FLW's designs.

Thank AMiller121
Ponce, Puerto Rico
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164 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The mansion was from Washington's step granddaughter. A lot of furniture,portraits and memorabilia from that era. Well kept. Also a lot of history. The Pope Leigh house is spectacular. A must see. It shows the practically of architecture adapted to the environment and needs of that time. Really impressive.

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WoodlawnPopeLeighey, Director, Site Interpretation & Partnerships at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Woodlawn & Pope Leighey historical site. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and that you took the time to send in a review. We look forward to seeing you again! Amanda Phillips More 

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