Oatlands: The Buildings

I first visited Oatlands Historic House and Gardens as a girl on an Elementary School Field Trip, and I remember thinking how amazingly beautiful it was (And how hilarious the statue by the pond was, but we’ll get to that later.)

Oatlandsd House B&W

I visited several more times over the years, including many visits when I was in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the grounds. I played Hippolyta on the steps of the house with the audience sitting on the lawn, and then we all moved over to a boxwood grove for some fairy frolicking.

Front Steps

Front Lawn

It was a beautiful place to perform, and I often arrived a few minutes early to wander about the gardens by myself.

I brought the kids last week, and while it was gently and wisely suggested that we not attempt the house tour this time, we did get to see the greenhouse.

Abigail in the Oatlands Greenhouse

Greenhouse Window

And then I introduced them to the joy of exploring the gardens, which I’ll cover in a full-color post on Wednesday. But here’s a peek through a few garden doorways, to whet your appetite.

Garden through Brick Arches

Teahouse to Garden


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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