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Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House: Art Quilts & the Stories That They Tell Inspired by Ancestry, Faith, Family & Art

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Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

9000 Richmond Highway

Alexandria Virginia 22309

Closed for the season.

Art Quilts & the Stories That They Tell Inspired by Ancestry, Faith, Family & Art

Presentation 2: January 21st from 12 PM – 1 PM EST

We are excited to present a two-part discussion series and online exhibit with Sheryl Sims. Sheryl is an inspirational artist and powerful storyteller, weaving her plantation descendant heritage, faith, family, and responses to current events into the design of her exquisite quilts. Each tells a colorful story — that of her enslaved and freed ancestors, her Woodlawn Quaker heritage, her preservation work with her mother, or that is reflective of the emotions of today’s world.

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Ashley Wilson Discusses the History of the Pope-Leighey House

Sunday, February 21, 2021, 2:00 PM  3:00 PM

Join the Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for a virtual discussion with Chief Architect Ashley Wilson, on the history of the Pope-Leighey House, and the role of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Annual Needlework Show & Sale

May 2-31, 2021

The 58th Annual Needlework Show & Sale will be taking place in-person from May 2nd – 31st, 2021. More information coming soon!

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Woodlawn, the first site operated by the National Trust, was part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. In 1799, he gave the site to his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Lewis’ new bride, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Martha’s granddaughter, in hopes of keeping Nelly close to Mount Vernon. The newly-married couple built the Georgian/Federal house designed by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol.

Operated as a historic house museum since 1949, Woodlawn is an interesting case-study of the cultural relevance of the house museum. Here’s the link:

Makers and Creators: Cultivating Craft at Woodlawn:

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House

During the 1930s, American icon Frank Lloyd Wright set his formidable architectural attention towards designing affordable middle-class residences. More than 100 of these modest homes, known as Usonian (thought to mean “the United States of North America”), were constructed between 1936 and Wright’s death in 1959. The Pope-Leighey House, built in Falls Church, Virginia and named after its two owners, was completed in 1940.

Tour Wright’s Pope-Leighey House Virtually:

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