Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Carriage House
The trio of green buildings around the circular drives were constructed in the early 1900s by the Eustis family, the last private owners of Oatlands. William Corcoran Eustis enjoyed the close proximity to Virginia hunt country while Edith Eustis saw the dilapidated gardens as a perfect restoration project. They often entertained friends from the D.C. area, including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The Carriage House was built between 1903 and 1906 by the Norris Brothers of Leesburg. Outside, the frame building with fieldstone foundation represented typical rural Virginia architecture. Inside, it housed a state-of-the-art healthy environment for "thoroughbreds and Irish hunters." High windows supplied light and ventilation without subjecting horses to harsh drafts. Second floor staff rooms were strategically located to minimize disruptive noise. Raised wooden floors, scored concrete hallways, and an interior drainage system allowed easy cleaning of both horses and carriages. Today, the Carriage House is the Oatlands Visitor Center and Museum Store.
Carriage House, 1937.
Chauffeur's House, 1951.
This two-story framed building was home to Harry Doe and his family. Initially a driver of horse-drawn carriages for the Eustis family, Doe was sent to Detroit around 1918 to learn how to drive the Eustis' first automobile. Today, this structure is used as offices for Oatlands' staff.
Pump House, 1951.
This unassuming structure was built over an underground well to provide water for all of the buildings in Oatlands' historic core.
William Corcoran Eustis, c. 1989.
While at Oatlands, Eustis became a founding member of the Loudoun Hunt and served on its board of governors. A 1906 newspaper article claimed, "Mr. Eustis is well known as a most enthusiastic hunter, and it is his intention to have a splendid stable of high class hunters of 'Oatlands.'"
Edith Morton Eustis, c. 1895.
Edith Livingston Morton Eustis was the daughter of Levi Parsons Morton, Minister to France and Vice President to the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. She was lifelong friends with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who visited
Margaret and Morton Eustis, c. 1915.
Family photograph albums show the Eustis children's love of outdoor activities at Oatlands during all seasons. Here, Margaret and Morton display their ease with equestrian pursuits.
Erected by Oatlands Historic House & Gardens, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Architecture • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #23 Benjamin Harrison, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 39° 2.517′ N, 77° 37.135′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Oatlands Plantation Lane, 0.4 miles south of James Monroe Highway (U.S. 15), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20805 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Oatlands! (a few steps from this marker); Oatlands (a few steps from this marker); The Enslaved at Oatlands (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bachelor's Cottage (about 500 feet away); The Greenhouse (about 500 feet away); The Mansion (about 600 feet away); The Enslaved Community (about 600 feet away); Reclaim Your Story (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.