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. . . HISTORIC HOMES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Oatlands Plantation
Leesburg, Virginia

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Oatlands Plantation stands as a wonderful example of the lifestyles of two distinct centuries. Begun in 1803 by George Carter, great grandson of Robert "King" Carter from Virginia's Tidewater area, the property grew into a thriving commercial enterprise with mill, brick manufactory, blacksmith shop, and a store.

The Civil War years led to tremendous financial setbacks. Constant military activity in the area forced the family to close the house and take refuge to safer climes. Remarkably, the property was left untouched during those years. After the war, George II and Kate Carter became guardians of 70 emancipated slaves and their families. Their home also became the sanctuary for Carter relatives left homeless by the war.

Eventually, beset by debts and dependents, the Carters operated Oatlands as a summer retreat for affluent Washingtonians. Failing to produce the income needed to sustain Oatlands, they were forced to sell in 1897. The new owner, who never lived on the property, sold it in 1903 to William and Edith Corcoran Eustis.

The new owners were wealthy Washingtonians with an instinctive sense of preservation. Their financial means enabled them to restore the neglected property to its former splendor. Oatlands soon became a weekend retreat where members of Washington society enjoyed fox hunts and elegant garden parties.

Mr. Eustis died in 1921. Mrs. Eustis stayed on at Oatlands until her death in 1964. Their daughters, Mrs. David E. Finley and Mrs. Eustis Emmet, presented the 261-acre estate, house, and furnishings to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1965. Oatlands was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

Prepared with permission from Oatlands, Inc.

Text © 1996 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1996 Bill Harrah

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