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Oatlands is dedicated to advancing historic preservation by preserving the past and engaging the future. It is committed to interpreting the historicial, cultural, and natural significance of the property and to upholding its core values of stewardship, education, interpretation, research, and community outreach.
The 1804 property is located six miles south of Leesburg in Virginia's Piedmont. Oatlands attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually to its mansion, garden and grounds, museum store and special events.
Built by George Carter, great-grandson of Colonial Virginia's Robert "King" Carter, Oatlands was purchased in 1903 by prominent Washingtonians Edith and William Corcoran Eustis. Their daughters donated the mansion and 261 acres to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1965.
The garden at Oatlands is among the nation's finest formal terraced gardens, featuring a reflecting pool, boxwood allee, Victorian period teahouse, and rose garden. The greenhouse is the second oldest in the country and has been restored. Next in the list of preservation projects is the circa 1821 brick bank barn. Archeology has begun on this project, which will result in a new agricultural interpretive area.
Today Oatlands is a 360-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site. Daily tours of the mansion and grounds are offered from April through December each. Special educational programs and scholars' research resources are offered year round.
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