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Visiting Oatlands

Oatlands is closed to the public for property and mansion tours and will re-open on April 1, 2019.

Open to the public from April 1, 2018 through December 30, 2018 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 Visitor Center to purchase either grounds or tour tickets.  Please see below for Grounds Pass or Tour descriptions. 

*Please note, we do not allow pets on our property.

Grounds Pass:
        Adults, Seniors, Military, & Children 6-16               $10
        Friends, Reciprocal Garden Members &
        Children 5 and under                                                   Free

Grounds Pass with 1 Guided Tour Ticket:
        Friends of Oatlands Members                    Free
        Adults                                                               $15
        Seniors (60+) & Active Military                 $12
        Students ages 6-16                                         $10
        Children aged 5 and under                           Free
        National Trust Members                              $8
*Add a Second (or third) Guided Tour:
        Adults, Seniors, Military, National Trust Member & children 6-16         $5
        Friends of Oatlands Members & Children 5 and under                              Free                                                
Grounds Pass Description:
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. Please note, there is a $10 fee to walk the Grounds & Gardens. Only Friends of Oatlands, Reciprocal Garden Members and children 5 and under are free. 

Military Personnel Policy

  • The discounted ticket price for active military personnel is $12 instead of the regular $15 fee. 
  • Such personnel must have his/her active duty card with him/her. 
  • The discount is given to the cardholder only.
  • Retired military members or veterans do NOT get the discount.
  • Veterans and active military (not the entire family) will be admitted for free on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Loudon County Military Appreciation DayVeterans might not have their card.  We will admit anyone who says he/she is a veteran. 

Available Guided Tours:

Historic Mansion Museum Tour
Time: Every hour during April 1- November 16. Monday-Saturday the first tour is at 10 and the last at 4 p.m. Sunday Mansion Tours are at: 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.
From Nov. 17 - Dec. 30 Mansion Tours will be walk-through tours.  
Duration:  30 - 45 minutes

From April through November, 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

Guided Garden Tour
Time: 11:00 amFriday Only; April - October
Not available in November & December
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 p.m., Daily; April - October
Not available in November & 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 Lori Kimball at 703.777.3174 or email lkimball@oatlands.org for more information.

  • The Carriage House Visitor Center, which houses the Museum Store 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 a Visitor Services Assistant 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.