Leesburg is located in Loudoun County in Northern Virginia and it mostly known as the place where Dolley Madison stayed after escaping Washington during the War of 1812. In fear of British army, Dolley Madison took with her important documents and portraits of early American leaders in case the British wanted to destroy them. If you want to learn more about this amazing town, make sure you continue reading our article, and put this amazing little town to your vacation list.
Did you know that this small town in Northern Virginia was also the home of Gen. George C. Marshall? If you decide to visit Leesburg, you can tour George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor. From May to October, you can also visit the Civil War’s Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, Oatlands Plantation and much more. If you decide to go on your next vacation here, you will have an amazing and memorable experience. The historic sites mentioned in this article are recommended by all local businesses in Leesburg.
This Greek revival home was built in 1803 by an Englishman, land baron George Carter. The plantation spreads on 260 acres and it was first opened to the public in 1966. It is considered one of the 18 national properties on the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Oatlands Plantation was established by George Carter in 1798, and it has more than 3,000 acres of farmland. First, it was a wheat farm, but later it expanded to include sheep, a vineyard and much more. In 1804, the construction of a Federal mansion began, along with an amazing terraced garden and outbuildings used for different purposes.
The Marshall House
The Marshall House is a very unique historical site in Leesburg, VA because it has furnishings and memorabilia that were owned by the Marshals themselves. Unfortunately, the property as well as its furnishings and memorabilia weren’t properly maintained, so a lot of conservation efforts must be put in in order to restore its former glory and beauty. If you love art history, you can see here amazing originals or reproductions of art given to the Marshalls. You can see the famous View of Tinherir, painted by Sir Winston Churchill. The painting was created in Morocco in 1951. You can also see here many pieces of Chinese art, including a beautiful painting painted by Wen Xuan Dai and a landscape created by Soong Mei-ling. Soong Mei-ling was the wife of the president of the Republic of China at that time.
If you love learning about American history, you must visit Morven Park that was once a home of two governors. Besides touring the house, you also go to the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. This is only foxhunting museum in the world, therefore you have a unique chance to experience something new. Besides a beautiful and well-preserved historic estate, you can also visit a horse park. Besides enjoying the beautiful Morven Park Mansion, you can also check out the Winmill Carriage Museum and boxwood gardens. If you love taking long adventurous walks, here you can enjoy walking or running over miles of hiking and riding trails, as well as vast athletic fields.