National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States
1 folder+ 22 35 mm. slides and 44 glass lantern slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Virginia, Loudoun County, Leesburg
Oatlands Plantation (Leesburg, Virginia)
George Carter, great-grandson of Robert "King" Carter built the three-story mansion and developed the land as an agricultural plantation shortly after the turn of the 19th century. The Eustises, former owners, renovated the mansion and restored the walled gardens. They extended the terraces, added a boxwood walk, and built a tea house and reflecting pool. In 1965, the Eustis daughters presented the National Trust with the 261-acre estate. The estate became a National Historic Landmark in 1972. A restoration effort began in 1980s to return the gardens to Mrs. Eustis's plans in the early 1900s. The mansion and gardens are now open to the public.
Persons associated with the property include: George Carter (former owner, 1798-); George C. Carter, Jr. (former owner, ?-1897); Stilton Hutchins (1897-1902); William Corcoran Eustis (former owner, 1902-1965); Mrs. Eustis Emmet and Mrs. David Findley (former owners, 1964); National Trust for Historic Preservation (owner, 1965-present); George Carter (constructed terraces and orangerie, early 1880s); Mrs. Custis Eustis (designer of flower beds and rose garden and extended boxwood parterre); and Alredo Francesco Siani (horticulturist, 1982-?).
Folder includes work sheets, brochures, garden map, landscape plan since 1965, photo prints, and copies of articles.
Garden has been featured in Jonathan Walters, "The Man Who Tamed Oatlands," in Historic Preservation (March/April 1988), pp. 35-39
Garden has been featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1924), p. 384
Garden has been featured in Barbara Seeber, "Oatlands Plantation," Horticulture (May 1992), p. 56
Garden has been featured in Charlotte Woods, "The Herb Garden at Oatlands" in The Herb Quarterly (Fall 1995), pp. 30-34
Garden has been featured in Edith Tunis Sale, ed., Historic Gardens of Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: The William Byrd Press, INC., 1930);
Garden has been featured in Edith Tunis Sale, ed., Manors of Virginia (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1909), pp. 283-292