Saturday, November 2, 2013
We came to the Oatlands Plantation last week for the dog show but have never quite made it up the path to see the manor house. With out of town guests in toe we made the hour journey to Leesburg on a beautiful autumn afternoon. The place belonged to the famous Carter Family of Virginia back in the late 1700's. The house survived the Civil War and since has had a couple owners and several famous guests including FDR and assorted others. The grounds and garden were quite pretty even though it was past season. The 1810 greenhouse was unique for its time. It was surrounded by a Japanese Maple that was more interesting to see from the inside. The last house tour we were on was at Blenheim Palace in England. We haven't been on one here for quite a while after spending many a trip over the years in Natchez, Charleston, and so many more. This was a great day trip with friends and the landscape, season and company made it quite memorable.