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Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Woodlawn Historic District

 
 
The Woodlawn Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2018
1. The Woodlawn Historic District Marker
Inscription.  The Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District includes the historic properties Woodlawn, George Washington's Gristmill, the Pope-Leighey House, Woodlawn Baptist Church Cemetery, Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse, Grand View, the Otis Tufton Mason House, the Sharpe Stable Complex, and Woodlawn United Methodist Church Cemetery. The district represents myriad preservation strategies, struggles, and compromises.

No resource in the district remains as originally built. The Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse has an early addition. Various owners and tenants altered Woodlawn, Grand View, and the Otis Tufton Mason House to their own tastes or to adapt them for contemporary living. The Pope-Leighey House and the Otis Tufton Mason House were moved from their original locations to preserve the structures, while original settings were lost.

The Gristmill is a 1933 reconstruction of a mill that was in disrepair by 1850. The current sanctuary accompanying Woodlawn Baptist Church Cemetery replaced the original 1872 church in 1970. While its 1880s sanctuary was lost to Fort Belvoir land acquisitions during World War II, Woodlawn United Methodist
The Woodlawn Historic District Marker & Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2018
2. The Woodlawn Historic District Marker & Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse Marker
Church Cemetery remains active and intact.

Remarkably, this network of interrelated buildings and sites has survived. Collectively, they mirror the evolution of the cultural landscape of Northern Virginia from a series of large agricultural estates to modern developments of smaller, privately owned properties. The different preservation strategies expressed in this historic district are a microcosm of the constantly evolving field of historic preservation.
 
Location. 38° 42.85′ N, 77° 8.462′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Woodlawn Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8990 Woodlawn Road, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse (here, next to this marker); Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike (approx. mile away); Belvoir (approx. mile away); Fort Belvoir (approx. mile away); Necessary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dairy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meat House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The People of Woodlawn (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill image. Click for full size.
3. George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill
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Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse image. Click for full size.
4. Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse
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By Allen C. Browne, December 26, 2018
5. You Are Here
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Woodlawn image. Click for full size.
6. Woodlawn
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Pope-Leighey House image. Click for full size.
7. Pope-Leighey House
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Woodlawn Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
8. Woodlawn Baptist Church
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 1, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8. submitted on January 1, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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