Visitor Information

9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22309

Phone: 703-780-4000
Website: http://www.woodlawn1805.org

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.

Built in 1805, this grand house overlooking the Potomac River was a gift from George Washington to his nephew, Major Lawrence Lewis, and his wife, Eleanor "Nelly" Custis.

A granddaughter of Martha Washington, Nelly was raised at Mount Vernon as part of the First Family. Fittingly, the President asked Dr. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, to design a new house for the young couple and provided 2,000 acres of his estate.

Woodlawn interprets the life of the Lewis family as well as enslaved and free African Americans. It sits on the same estate as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, also a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Woodlawn is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.