Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oatlands is closed for Mansion and Garden Tours, January 1 - March 31, 2016.
*Open to the public from April 1, 2016 through December 30, 2016 with the following exceptions: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
How can I experience Oatlands?
To visit and support Oatlands, please visit our Carriage House Gift Shop to purchase either grounds or tour tickets. Please see below for Pass or Tour descriptions.
Adults, seniors, military, & children 6-16 $8
Friends, Reciprocal Garden Members &
Children 5 and under Free
Grounds Pass with 1 Tour Ticket:
Friends of Oatlands Members Free
Seniors (60+) & Active Military $10
Children ages 6-16 $8
Children aged 5 and under Free
National Trust Members $6
*Add a second (or third) guided tour:
Adults, seniors, military, Nat'l Trust & children 6-16 $8
Friends & Children 5 and under Free
After purchasing your pass, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the property. Admire a serene parcel of Loudoun County with impressive trees such as the European Larch, or the Blue Atlas Cedars. Explore the formally terraced garden with boxwood alleys, reflecting pool, herb garden, and more. See nineteenth century architecture in walls, garden dependencies, bank barn and the second oldest greenhouse in the country. Interpretive signs give key information along the way.
Available Guided Tours:
Historic Mansion Museum Tour
Time: Every hour and on every half hour during the month of December;
Every hour during April - November; Final admission at 4:00 pm
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Interpretive guides lead tours of the first floor of the Oatlands mansion and discuss the lives of the families who owned Oatlands, the history of the house, and choice pieces of the large collection of furniture, portraits, and decorative objects in the mansion. Visitors are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the second floor where interpretive materials give information on the use of the rooms and the objects inside. The mansion, built in 1804, is not air-conditioned. Be sure to plan time to enjoy the gardens and grounds before or after your tour.
Please note: In an effort to preserve and protect historic collection items, photography inside the Mansion is strictly prohibited
Time: 11:00 am, Monday - Friday; March - November
Duration: approximately 60 minutes
Explore the beautifully terraced formal gardens with an interpretive guide. The garden contains stone steps, please dress appropriately for walking. More information coming soon...
Enslaved Community at Oatlands Tour
Time: 1:15 pm daily; March - November
Note: Not available during the month of December
Duration: 30 minutes
The Oatlands we know today would not have been possible without the enslaved people who lived and worked here. By 1860 the Carters were the largest slave owners in Loudoun County with 133 enslaved men, women and children. Learn about their lives while walking with an Interpretive Guide. This is an outdoor tour, please plan and dress appropriately for walking and the weather.
Group tours: Reduced prices are available for group tours (20 people or more) for the Historic Mansion, Gardens, and Enslaved Community Tours. Tours can be customized for your group. Please call for reservations. Lunches or tea service available by prior arrangement. Call Julie Goforth at 703.777.3174 for information.
Your first stop after arriving at Oatlands is the inviting gift shop nestled within the 1903 Carriage House. The shop offers a variety of souvenirs, unique gifts, books, jewelry, children's items, and home accessories. We also feature unique treasures for your garden, including garden ornaments, tools, accessories, and gifts. Friends of Oatlands members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. CLICK HERE
to visit our online store.
- The Carriage House, which houses the gift shop and restrooms, is fully accessible.
- The mansion is NOT wheelchair accessible as all entrances involve stairs; we encourage people to drop off their loved ones for whom mobility may be an issue as close to their tour site as possible, before parking in the main lot.
- Smaller grade gravel/pebble pathways lead to the mansion and garden, which contains stairs and terraces.
- For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, each doorframe within the historic mansion features brief descriptions of the rooms OR written tours are available. Please let an associate in the gift shop know, and your guide will be prepared with copies.
- A one-page history is available in the following languages: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- Persons with special needs are encouraged to call 703.777.3174 for more information.
Tips for an Enjoyable Visit
Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire to fully enjoy the gardens and grounds.
Please note: The mansion is not air-conditioned. Heat and humidity are high in July and August.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your intended tour time to allow for ticket purchase and your walk from the Carriage House to the tour starting point.
Oatlands does not offer any food service facilities. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our wooded picnic grove. Please remember to dispose of trash in the designated locations.
For information about other local attractions, restaurants, and lodging contact the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association at www.VisitLoudoun.org or 1.888.803.7227.