Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

This National Trust Historic Site features a stately 1804 mansion, beautiful rolling farmland, and a 4.5 acre terraced garden. Please purchase tickets in Carriage House for guided Mansion Tour ($15 for adults) or for the Self-Guided Grounds Pass ($10)

Operating as usual

Have you visited the ginkgo at Oatlands this fall? Now is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous giant. It won't be long until all those golden leaves fall for the season.

In honor of #NationalPickleDay why not try out this recipe from Elizabeth Carter's cookbook?

Martin VanBuren Buchanan was born in Gleedsville, Virginia between 1842 and 1845. Located outside of Leesburg, Gleedsville is northeast of Oatlands through fields and wooded areas. Martin's father was Robert Buchanan, a man enslaved at Oatlands, while his mother, Mahala Jackson, was a free woman. By Virginia laws of the day, Martin's status followed that of his mother, and so he was born free.
In his young life, Martin was employed at Oatlands with his father, but he left in 1863.
Find out why on this week's blog- https://conta.cc/2UjSOBy

The ginkgo watch continues...
Did you know that ginkgo trees are either male or female? Ours, the largest in the state of Virginia, is male!

And so it begins...soon the ginkgo will be bright yellow, and the Japanese maples ruby red. Waiting for these vibrant trees to pop with their fall colors? We'll keep you posted on the right time to visit!

Hmm...what could these thingamabobs be? They sure are heavy.

Have you voted? Rusty made it out bright and early, so he could get back to the garden and guard his terraces and greet visitors.

Happy #NationalAuthorsDay! With so many books in the Oatlands collection ranging from the earliest volume published in 1547, all the way up into the 1960s, how can we pick a single author to showcase?
Share your favorite author in the comments!

Our Halloween themed high tea is off to a spooktacular start!🎃🧹 ✨Click the following link to save your seat for the next event on November 15th! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oatlands-afternoon-tea-tickets-122059835253.

Bats, lizards, and fish scales? Oh my! Thanks to an album in the Eustis collection, this unknown woman's #FashionStatement is forever.
The design of the woman's dress is remarkably similar to the drawing on the right (from the collection of the #V&AMuseum) by Leon Sault, who was known for his imaginative creations for the #HouseOfWorth. #HappyHalloween

Isn't it convenient when #nature decorates for you?

This web design is impressive, but have you seen the new Oatlands website? Check it out and let us know what you think! https://oatlands.org/

A "Fire Prevention Report" created for insurance purposes may sound lame to some, but it means we have photos of every structure on the property as they stood in 1937.
This pole barn sits in the corner of the original barn complex. The adjoining structure to the right was demolished in the 1990's due to its dilapidated state. If restored, what could this structure be used for?
With the support of our community, we feel confident that we can continue our mission to preserve 20+ historic buildings and share the story of Oatlands with visitors for many years to come!
Invest in a membership today- https://conta.cc/3kqmsk5
#ThrowbackThursday #LoveLoudoun #Support

Hey there goblins and ghouls, have you reserved your seat at Oatlands for this Saturday's high tea? Enjoy a fun traditional high tea with a touch of hocus pocus. @PurePerfectionCatering is preparing a special Halloween themed menu with decorated cookies, pumpkin pound cake, pumpkin cheesecake, maple fudge, roasted turkey tea sandwiches, and so much more.

Click the link to book your seats. Reservations close Thursday night. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oatlands-afternoon-tea-tickets-114116649972

#PurePerfectionCatering #HalloweenEvents #HighTea #novafoodie #northernvirginia #foodie #visitloudoun #exploreloudoun

Thank you to the guest who brought to our attention the mysterious knocking in the garden dependency. We found the tiny culprit! The ruby-throated hummingbird left in a hurry when shown the door.

It's #TrailTuesday! Follow our new signs to explore almost 9 miles of trails through fields, woods, and the historic core of Oatlands. Grab a trail pass online or invest in a membership to experience Oatlands all year. https://conta.cc/3lZGimg

Looking to get outside and experience nature? Hit the trails for a touch of wilderness, and then check out what's blooming in the formal gardens. Oatlands is open 10-5 everyday.

Happy #FlashbackFriday, everyone! Let's look back to the beginning of the Eustis years at Oatlands - William Corcoran Eustis and bride Edith Morton, had a carriage house constructed after 1903. Today, this building serves as a visitor center, gift shop, and event venue, and is the first historic structure that visitors see when they arrive.
In the image, we see the carriage house today, and as it was around 1908. It appears the building hasn't changed much, but the approach is quite different.

Have you noticed this watercolor in the mansion’s smoking room? Thanks to this simple but detailed little painting, we have an accurate view of the entrance hall as it was in 1888. Believe it or not, many of the objects depicted in the painting still exist today, over 130 years later. https://static.ctctcdn.com/ui/images1/customer_reach/IG_control_icons_img.pngHow do we know this? Many have been gifted to Oatlands by descendants of the Carter family. Most recently this beautiful sofa arrived, gifted by Conrad Carter (pictured), a direct descendant of George Carter.
Which look do you prefer for the sofa? The original darker upholstery, or the more modern yellow?

Happy #NationalReptileAwarenessDay! This handsome (and nonvenomous) reptilian friend is a ring-neck snake🐍
During some clean up in the property he was gently moved into the woods beside the greenhouse.

Morton Corcoran Eustis would have loved a #NationalDayOnWriting. The only son of William and Edith Eustis (who bought and restored Oatlands in 1903) was a playwright and wrote some hilarious comedies. His wit and literary flair live on thanks to the preservation of his works, and personal letters in the Oatlands archive.

Happy Monday! Did you know that October 19th is #NationalNewFriendsDay? By becoming one of our friends (becoming a member) you can enjoy a brand new circuit of #trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. As a member, you have the exclusive opportunity to still visit when we are closed to the public January through March.
Memberships can be purchased here- https://conta.cc/3kqmsk5
Investing in a membership supports our local historic #nonprofit.

In celebration of #NationalDessertDay, Oatlands presents the Carter #recipe for Lemon Ice Cream:
"The juice of 6 lemons to 2 qts of water. Steep the
peels for some time in the water + then strain it. Mix
with it 2 lbs. of white sugar + then whites of 24 eggs
beat to a strong froth so that they will adhere to the
bottom of the bowl. The freezer must be kept in con-
stant motion 'til your cream is of the consistence
of snow-"
While the recipe is Carter, the glacier, or ice cream tureen is part of a larger dessert set belonging to the Eustis family. Learn more about this set of Caughley or Salopian porcelain and its fascinating origins on a house tour. Sign up for a guided experience of the 1804 mansion Thursday-Sunday.

Happy #TreeTuesday! This massive oak is believed to be the oldest at Oatlands today. With many fascinating and historic specimens to protect, we turn to the experts at Donegan's Tree Service. Not only is Donegan creating an inventory, but they are also developing a health and maintenance plan to care for our old friends!

On a scale from 'A Bachante' to the Lady Gertrude Fitzpatrick, how do you feel about Mondays?
#ButFirstCoffee #MuseumMonday #Art
Both works, originally by Sir Joshua Reynolds, are prints of engravings from the Eustis art collection. Take a house tour to learn more and see these pieces in the Morning Room.

Oatlands is closed today, October 10th, for a private event. Come see us tomorrow!

Ready for fall thanks to the good advice from Abernethy & Spencer. #FallFlowers #Mums #ShopLocal #LoveLoudoun

Good morning everyone! This block sits right in front of the Oatlands mansion where the brick path meets the driveway. It's practical use is seldom needed these days... What do you think it was used for?
#WhatIsItWednesday #LoveLoudoun

Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera) are extraordinarily tough and were used as natural hedges, but this particular specimen stands alone in the picnic grove for all to admire.
In the fall, the tree drops a favorite treat among our resident squirrels. These funny looking things are known by several names- what do you call them?
#TreeTuesday #osage #historic

Need an outlet for your creativity? Want to get out of the house in a safe and easily physically distanced environment? Sign up for the 1st Fall Paint Out with the Greenhouse Studio at Oatlands!
Sign up today at https://conta.cc/30BvlPM

Need an outlet for your creativity? Want to get out of the house in a safe and easily physically distanced environment? Sign up for the 1st Fall Paint Out with the Greenhouse Studio at Oatlands!
Sign up today at https://conta.cc/30BvlPM

Thank you to Rodney Scott Photography for this beautiful image of our Japanese maples showing their autumn color!

Our cover photo is out of season! Do you have the perfect autumn photo from a past visit to Oatlands? Comment with the photo, and it might become our next cover!

Join us on October 10th and get to know those who are intimately involved with the daily operations of Oatlands Historic House & Gardens, and learn how you can get involved too! (Social distancing guidelines enforced.) Space is limited- reserve your tickets here https://conta.cc/2SeXHun

If you haven't signed up already, space is limited for the last Sweetheart Sunset Dance Night! Bring a picnic, listen to great music, and learn to dance from the best- Dance King Studios!

Epic thank you to Jag.Photography for capturing these amazing pictures from our most recent Sweetheart Sunset Date Night at Oatlands! And our absolute favorite florist in Virginia -- OpenBlooms for generously contributing the most exquisite roses for all of our couples to make their date night all the more special!!


Just a handful of spots left for our very last Sweetheart Sunset Date Night of the year on October 10th. The trees in the English Garden are sure to be spectacular -- so make sure to register before it's too late. https://fb.me/e/5p4OagKiY

As Edith Eustis set about restoring the gardens of Oatlands at the turn of the 20th century, she drew inspiration from the works of Gertrude Jekyll, an English horticulturalist and garden designer. The gardens of Oatlands continue to bring enduring happiness to Loudoun County residents and visitors from all over!

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20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln
Leesburg, VA

General information

Book the Inn at Oatlands Hamlet: http://bit.ly/OatlandsInn The Inn at Oatlands Hamlet is the perfect getaway for those that want to be surrounded by countryside but still close to Leesburg (10 minutes), Dulles Airport (20 minutes), and DC (45 minutes). The Inn is nestled in a quiet corner of the Oatlands Historic Site right off of Route 15. Nearby are several breweries and wineries and charming small towns. The Inn is also close to several other historic sites including Harper's Ferry and Manassas Battlefield.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
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