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Near Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District

 
 
Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2019
1. Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District Marker
Inscription.  This 152-acre historic district was part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. In 1799 Washington gave the Woodlawn tract to his step-granddaughter Eleanor Park Custis and her husband, Lawrence Lewis. Northern Quakers bought the property in 1846 and sold parcels to white and free African American farmers. The historic district includes the Lewises' Woodlawn mansion (ca. 1805), the Quakers' meetinghouse and burial ground, and a cemetery established by Woodlawn Methodist Church, an African American congregation. Also preserved here are George Washington's gristmill, reconstructed in 1933, and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House, completed in 1941 and moved here in 1965.
 
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-152.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion
Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2019
2. Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District Marker
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Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the Quakerism, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1799.
 
Location. 38° 42.798′ N, 77° 7.84′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) 0.1 miles south of Grist Mill Woods Way, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5515 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria VA 22309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodlawn (a few steps from this marker); George Washington's Gristmill (a few steps from this marker); Doeg Indians (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill at Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799 (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington's Whiskey Distillery Cornerstone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodlawn Historic Landscapes
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); Potomac Connections (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Oct. 4, 2022