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



WhiteHall Manor-Bluemont










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.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the great ideas of places to visit. I'm fascinated by old architecture like this.

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  2. You're welcome! Loudoun and Northern Virginia have such a rich history. I'm sure theres a lot more than I posted. Unforunately, some of the old homes have been torn down in the name of greedy developers.

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  3. I stumbled upon Oatlands the day we rode over to Leesburg Animal Park. Beautiful out that way.
    DEFINITELY on my list to see. We made it all the way to the end of the drive, but alas I could not lure my kids to go in with me, they were wiped out.

    I never realized how rich of a history Northern Virginia had until I moved here.

    (It seems you like the outer country better, but I've gotta say I fell in love with Old Town Alexandria. Not enough to live there, but I love to visit...not to mention that Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary is amazing).

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