Not far from Mount Vernon on an autumnal day we visited Woodlawn Plantation, which was originally part of George Washington's infamous 2000 acre estate, Mount Vernon. In this document I learned that he called it, "A most beautiful site for a Gentleman's Seat." He gifted a portion of his estate to his dearly adopted step granddaughter Nelly Parke Custis and her husband, Lawrence Lewis (Washington's nephew) as a wedding present in 1799.
The house they had built combines architecture from the Georgian and Federal Eras. In fact, their architect was the one who designed the US Capitol.
Stay tuned for the later history of the property which is quite the contrast!