Oatlands is dedicated to advancing historic preservation by preserving the past and engaging the future. It is committed to interpreting the historical , cultural and natural significance of the property and to upholding its core values of stewardship, education, interpretation, research and community outreach.
September 22: Prof. McLean Book Signing
September 23: Autumn Afternoon Tea
October 7 - Contemplative Yoga in Nature
October 21: Oatlands Harvest Festival
One of our most significant priorities is identifying where the people who were enslaved at Oatlands are buried. Considering the number of people who were once enslaved here and the length of time (1798-1865), it is very possible that there was more than one burial ground. An oral history that has been passed down says that grave stones could once be seen from the main bedroom window. While oral history is not always definitive, there is often a kernel of truth, and it should be taken into account when doing research. The views from the main bedroom window are into the formal garden and two grass-covered areas behind the mansion. This oral history and other indicators at the two areas behind the mansion are why we are focusing first on these locations.
Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) was chosen as our first step in the analysis process. It is nondestructive, meaning it does not disturb the soil. It uses electromagnetic radiation to detect signals reflected from below the ground. In the case of a cemetery or potential cemetery, the reflections would not show a coffin or specific definition. Rather, they would indicate a spot where the soil and/or other material is different from the soil or material around it. Complicating the work is the iron-rich soils in the Virginia Piedmont, which impact the penetration of the radar waves.
Oatlands chose Rivanna Archaeological Services, LLC and Naeva Geophysics, Inc., both located in Charlottesville, to do the work. They have experience working with the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville. On August 14th, the Rivanna and Naeva team came to Oatlands to do the manual work of running the equipment over the areas marked for analysis. The descendant community was invited to observe the work.
Analysis of the GPR images will take several weeks. Check back here and our Facebook page for the results and what our next steps will be. To learn more about the people who were enslaved at Oatlands, their descendants, and ongoing research, click here.
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Oatlands was proud to host this special history panel discussion on October 1, 2017 which drew more than 175 visitors. At Oatlands, our mission is to provide the opportunity for a thorough understanding of all of our history.
Tucked into a quiet corner of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, this beautiful 3,600 square foot Inn boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a living room, a lovely sunroom, a dining room, two sitting rooms and a full modern eat-in kitchen.
With the generous support of John & Diana Jaeger and the design expertise of J&L Interiors, the Inn at Oatlands Hamlet is the the perfect venue for your next special event, corporate retreat, weekend-getaway or wedding. For more information and to make your reservation, click here.
Courtesy: Ken DuPuis, Modern Filmworks, 2014
The Capital Campaign for Oatlands Hamlet: Completing the Historic Core of Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
In 2014, the Board of Directors of Oatlands Historic House & Gardens announced a capital campaign to raise much-needed funds to pay for the recent purchase of Oatlands Hamlet, 54 adjacent acres featuring several historic buildings.
With the acquisition of Oatlands Hamlet, we will strengthen and expand our mission of historic preservation, land conservation, research, education and community outreach, including new programs and events to further Oatlands' special place in Loudoun County for future generations of visitors to explore, experience and appreciate. Learn more >>