Visit the Oatlands
Whether you're a local or you're staying in the area, each week we'll feature day trip ideas starting in the region
Hidden 40 miles away from metro Washington, just past Leesburg, are the Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark. The over 250 acre plantation property has change hands only three times and is now open to the public for special events, tours, and more. With ample parking and a stunning drive, the trip will be more then worth it after you see the view.
Take a trip back through time and see life on a plantation during the Civil War and beyond. Built in 1804, the mansion has been kept in immaculate condition, and tours are open to the public. Boasting the second oldest propagation greenhouse in the country and heirlooms dating back to it’s construction, Oatlands is a must-see for any history buff or enthusiast.
Designed by George Carter over two centuries ago, the terraced garden has delighted visitors for generations. Rejuvenated in 1903 by Edith Eustis with a unique style of planting, original plants from both gardeners still thrive to this day. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the stunning property, and don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn or in one of many hidden grottoes.
From weddings to scout programs and equestrian events to corporate meetings, Oatlands can host just about anything. Special tours, school events and fundraisers are held on site all year round, but with meeting locations in the mansion and on the lawn, multiple events can run simultaneously. Check out the calendar of events for open to the public events or book your own event at 703-777-3174.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
Whether you’re looking for a memorable day with those closest to you or just treating yourself, Afternoon Tea is a unique way to find both. Tea is held on several weekends throughout the year and requires both a reservation and pre-payment to attend. Throughout the season special guests will host "Teas with Talks" and lecture about plants, history and more. Ages three and up are welcome and special pricing is available for groups, but the spots fill up quickly.