Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Old Plantation Homes Of Loudoun County..
Loudoun County situated at the Northern tip of Virginia, has been almost fully engulfed by the premises of Washington, D.C. However, there still remains pockets of its "Old South" history- and rolling hills, and beautiful landscapes, and "hunt country" towns, still dominate the area. I grew up in Loudoun County, and being so close to the DC suburban region, was mostly unaware that all these beautiful Manor homes still existed. I was aware of Oatlands, near where I went to church, and a few other places, but that was about it. I have over time, discovered a treasure trove of these wonderful places. Granted, its just a smattering, but I am truly grateful these old Plantations have been preserved and restored to their former glory. For many in search of the Old South, Loudoun County, is truly the gateway. Loudoun County is the Northern Edge of Virginia, and the Northern edge of Dixie, but it has some of the most quintessentially Southern homes one could ever find today.
Here are a few that I have discovered.
Oatlands Plantation- On RT 15 Just 6 mi South of Leesburg. Perhaps the most famous plantation in all of Northern Virginia
Oak Hill- Just down the road on Rt. 15 is Oak Hill. Owned by James Monroe. We almosted rented one of the tenant houses on Oak Hill when I was a teenager
Chesnut Hill- Also located on Rt 15- known as "Old Carolina Rd". Rt 15 was the passage taken from Northern Virginia on into the Carolinas
Movern Park- It boasts a large Equestrian Center, and hosts the annual Polo Cup
Raspberry Plain-Leesburg . A popular place to get married
These old places are architectural gems, and but a smattering of the old plantations that once thrived in Northern Virginia and Loudoun County. Most of the rest have been torn down or converted into Suburbia- such as "Belmont Manor" in Ashburn Farms.