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National Trust Will Not Renew Woodlawn Stables Lease

The current lease is set to expire in 2016.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Friday that it would not renew current lease.

The Federal Highway Administration is . Both options would have an impact on Woodlawn Stables and historic land. Woodlawn Stables' lease is set to expire in 2016; its owners and grassroots group Save Woodlawn Stables have asked the Trust to extend the current lease beyond 2016.

“The National Trust’s primary focus is to preserve the National Historic Landmark and to support the long-term sustainability of our historic sites, including Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House," said David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a statement released Friday.

"As such, the National Trust must consider the best use of its property at the Woodlawn historic site in order to meet our obligations as stewards of the property and our buildings housed on the site," he said. "As a responsible organization, we are focused on Woodlawn’s future as a vibrant historic site, which includes consideration of all options for this land. Therefore, we will not renew Scanlin Farms’ current lease that expires in 2016. The lease is not sustainable and extending it would not be a prudent business decision. Once the effects of the highway project on Woodlawn are better understood, the National Trust will consider all options for the property, including proposals from public or private parties.

“The decision we ultimately make with this property will be consistent with the highest preservation standards, the public’s interests and the protection of the historic resources. The National Trust wants to work with the local community and county, state and federal government agencies to ensure the protection of the valuable historic resources in the Woodlawn Historic District and maximize the best potential uses of the Woodlawn property and buildings.”

What do you think about the National Trust's decision not to renew the lease? Tell us in the comments.

K S September 11, 2012 at 07:53 PM
We already have a road with several lanes there.
K S September 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
right "follow the money!"
K S September 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Stables generate money, extra lanes on a road does NOT generate money, it SPENDS money.
K S September 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
AND --- what about the horses! They need a place to live, and the Mount Vernon area residents need a place to ride them where they currently are at Woodlawn.
Kristy Wayson February 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I am sad to be reading this story. My husband is Active Duty Air Force and our family was stationed at Fort Belvoir. I entered into my riding training again after 14 years of being out of horses/not owning. I learned so much at Woodlawn and this is such a wonderful barn with amazing people. There are so few other areas close for riding and it is a very affordable riding program compared to others in the area. It is good for children and good for the military community nearby who may also be interested in horses and learning to ride. They truly foster good horsmanship and I will be very sad to hear if Woodlawn closes. The community does support this program and I for one know many, many people that would be so disappointed if this great program were to close.

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