The Dandelion Patch

Friday, July 18, 2008

Woodlawn Plantation

A couple of weeks ago, The Dandelion Patch was fortunate to host a booth at a “tasting event” by R&R Catering. The event was held at the Woodlawn Plantation and the views were simply breathtaking. There was a perfect spot for a cocktail reception, and an even better location for a wedding ceremony—over looking a scenic view of Mount Vernon. If you are searching for an outdoor destination wedding location that is indigenous to the Washington Area, I can’t think of a more beautiful option.

But because I didn’t know much about the Woodlawn Plantation, I googled them. And here’s what came up at Wikipedia (when you win your next game of trivia, you can thank me later):

Woodlawn Plantation is located in historic Fairfax County, Virginia, near Mount Vernon (plantation), George Washington's historic home. In 1799, George Washington gave Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis and Lawrence Lewis 2,000 acres (8 km²) of land as a wedding present. The Woodlawn house was constructed and finished on the plantation in 1805. Today, the house and surrounding gardens are all that remain of the plantation with the rest of the property long since sold to developers.

Woodlawn is located on a hill that overlooks land which had been owned by Washington, and the Mount Vernon property can be seen from the Woodlawn house. The house is now a museum and is open to the public and is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation organization. On site is also the Loren Pope Residence, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house.

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