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The Slave Dwelling Project in Loudoun County,  June 2-4

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, The Friends of the Arcola Slave Quarters, the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library , the Loudoun Freedom Center and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services are partnering to bring the Slave Dwelling Project to Loudoun County.  The weekend-long program at various locations in the county will educate the public about slavery and sites of slavery in Loudoun County.

Mr. Joseph McGill founded the Slave Dwelling Project to draw attention to the surviving structures and to promote their preservation. He does this by sleeping in slave dwellings and sites of slavery.

“Now that I have the attention of the public by sleeping in extant slave dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.”

For the detailed schedule of events for June 2 to 4, click here.

Extended Hours: Oatlands Strawberry Patch Now Open Until 8 p.m. Every Day!!

The Oatlands Strawberry Fields by Wegmeyer Farms will open Tuesday, May 2 starting at 9 a.m.   The field will be open weekdays, from 9 a.m. to8 p.m.  Weekend field hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., conditions permitting.  Hayrides to the Strawberry Patch will be available from the Carriage House Visitor Center and Museum Store on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   The last hayride leaves the Carriage House at 4 p.m.  Strawberries are $3.99 per pound. Check this website for updates.

**New this year is parking right by the field. Turn in right off of Rt 15 and park by field up by the strawberry hut. Easy to see and easy in and out from Rt 15.   Free Hayrides from the Carriage House to the Strawberry Patch will be offered on the weekends.

SAVE-THE-DATE:  The Third Annual Oatlands Strawberry Festival will be help on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy an exciting day of fun for the entire family including U-Pick Strawberries, Hayrides, Crafts, Games, Tours & More!  $20 per family; $10 per individual.


Oatlands Capital Campaign

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 >>

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