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Woodlawn was the first property purchased by the National Trust and designated as a National Trust Historic Site. Once a plantation homestead built as a wedding gift from George and Martha Washington for Nelly Custis and Lawrence Lewis, it soon became a community of Quaker and Baptist families who farmed the land with the help of freed men and women, all before the Civil War. Many owners who engaged in creative pursuits and social justice have lived at Woodlawn since. Today, a dynamic re-birth is taking place on its 120 peaceful acres within the urban sprawl of Fairfax County, Virginia. With a focus on craft, local food, and sustainable agriculture, the rapidly evolving site is a model for shared-use and expanded interpretations at historic sites across the country. Woodlawn is now home to innovative public programming and unique private events. The property also boasts a modern demonstration farm, powered by Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, part of a new partnership that reflects Woodlawn's agrarian heritage.