Exterior of Oatlands

photo by: Ron Blunt

Historic Sites


  • Constructed: c. 1808
  • Location: Leesburg, Virginia

Established in the early 19th century by George Carter, Oatlands was a thriving wheat plantation and base for numerous business enterprises until the time of the Civil War.

During most of the 20th century, Oatlands served as the country estate of Mr. and Mrs. William Corcoran Eustis, affluent Washingtonians with strong ties to the American political arena. Elegant formal gardens were created by generations of the two families who lived here.

“Dear old Oatlands...”

Edith Eustis

After the Civil War, the plantation became unprofitable. A prominent Washington family purchased, preserved, and maintained the house and grounds as a country estate.

Oatlands tells the stories of a 19th-century working plantation, the enslaved community, a turn-of-the-century English-style country house, and the families who made their home there. It is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by Oatlands, Inc.

Oatlands is also a member of the National Trust's Distinctive Destinations program.

Gardens at Oatlands viewed from the gate

photo by: Matt Kraycinovich

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount

Fifty percent discount on regular public tours: one adult for individual Members; two adults and all children under 18 years of age in the immediate family for all other Members. Discount does not apply to other programs and cannot be combined with other offers.

To receive discount, valid membership card must be presented at time of visit. Please contact site directly to ensure that discount is available on date of planned visit and for specific tour desired.

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